As we know, the benefits of smoke detectors cannot be understated because they play an extremely important role in preventing fire accidents, most especially in saving lives and property. Therefore, it is very important to maintain them properly and be sure that everyone in your home knows how to use and maintain them. For this reason, we have decided, as licensed electricians, to offer some insight how to maintain them and hopefully answer some questions that homeowners may have.
Test them regularly
It’s advisable to frequently test your smoke detectors (maybe once or twice a month) by pressing the test button to know if it’s working properly Another benefit of frequent testing of the smoke detector is to acquaint everyone in your home with the sound it’ll make when it detects smokes and to know if the alarm sound is at the highest volume level.
Always clean your smoke detector
You should clean your smoke detectors at least once per year. Since dust and dirt can hinder the performance of the smoke detector, this can be very dangerous and cause a fire accident if not well maintained. We advise to occasionally clean your detector externally with a dry rag and a deep cleaning should be done at least once per year. Or, you can use a vacuum with an attachment to remove any dust or debris that does not belong.
Replace batteries annually
Some homes have their smoke detectors hard-wired to the homes electrical system. For homeowners whose smoke detector run on batteries, we advise that you change your battery at least once a year (even when the battery is said to expire in 10 years). This process should be done so that you will be sure the detector is working properly. However, for you to remember changing the battery, you’re advised to pick a popular date like an anniversary date or a birthday in the family.
These are simple tips but important to ensure your smoke detectors work properly, to keep you family safe when it matters most. Any questions about smoke detector selection or other electrical system needs, feel free to reach out to McCauley Electrical.