Home Safety: Smoke Detectors
A smoke detector, also known as a fire alarm, is an instrument designed to detect smoke. It will produce either a sound or light to alert the occupants of danger and give them enough time to escape before they are overcome with fumes from the fire. The most common type of residential smoke detectors use ionization technology which detects heat and uses it to identify potential sources of fires in your home. If you haven’t had one installed yet, now would be the best time!
They should be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, on every level of your home including the basement, and near any other rooms where people might sleep while visiting your house. A battery-operated or hardwired detector can help you avoid having your family become trapped by fire.
We know it’s important to keep yourself safe when dealing with issues like this one, which is why we wanted to provide some information for you about smoke detectors and how to test them! If you have any questions after reading our blog post please don’t hesitate to contact us at Control Fire Protection – we’re happy to answer all of them!
Homeowners should test their smoke detectors monthly to ensure that they are functional. Testing a smoke detector is easy and can be done with the following steps:
1) Remove the battery cover of your fire alarm
2) Press and release the test button on your device
3) If it emits a high pitched tone, then you know that everything is working properly!
Congratulations! You have just tested your smoke detector successfully. Be sure to do this at least once per month to make sure that it stays in good working condition. Additionally, if you live in an apartment building or other multi-unit dwelling, there may be a centralized system for testing all alarms simultaneously; consult your landlord about how this process works.
It’s also important that you know when to replace the battery of your smoke detector. This is because if there’s a fire and the smoke detectors aren’t working, then they’re not going to do their job. The rule of thumb for most people is that you should replace it every ten years; however, this isn’t necessarily true because many factors can affect the life expectancy of batteries. For example, one type of battery may last up to fifteen years while others only work for five or six before needing replacement again. It all depends on what kind you use (AA or 9V) and how old your house is–some houses are built with better insulation which means air circulates less in them; this can cause cracks that lead directly into leaks!
It is important to ensure that you have a working smoke detector in your home. Test it regularly and replace the batteries on schedule, too! Smoke detectors save lives every day. Be sure yours are ready for use when needed most by following these simple guidelines.