Smoke alarms are an essential item to have in your home to keep your family safe in the event of a fire. Fall is the perfect time to take care of basic smoke alarm care.
There are two types of smoke alarms available for purchase. Ionization alarms respond quickly to fast-moving fires, while photoelectric alarms are designed to alert you to smoldering, smoky fires. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends purchasing one of each type or one dual sensor alarm. You can install battery-powered alarms with a screwdriver or hire a professional electrician to install a hard-wired smoke alarm. If you opt for a battery powered smoke alarm, it’s essential you know how to replace the entire unit when necessary.
When deciding how many smoke alarms to purchase, follow the guideline set by The National Association of State Fire Marshals. Place one alarm on every level of your home and two for each bedroom — one inside the room and one just outside that’s close enough to be heard through a closed door.
Smoke Alarm Maintenance
- Test every alarm once a month.
- Replace the unit’s battery at least once per year.
- Vacuum the outside of the alarm once a year to remove dust from the screen that detects smoke.
- Replace the entire smoke alarm unit every 8 to 10 years.
You can also guard against house fires by having your heating system professionally maintained every year by trusted HVAC experts.
For more information about smoke alarm care or any other home comfort issues, contact the pros at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. Our family-owned business has been serving the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts for more than 80 years.
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