Replace your Home’s Smoke Detectors TodayNovember 16, 2020
As a property owner, it’s crucial to ensure that the smoke detectors in your home are always in good working order. Failure to do so could have disastrous consequences over time, which is why it’s not only essential to test these units regularly; they should also be replaced at least every ten years to prevent the possibility of them malfunctioning at a time that they’re most needed.
1. Always Replace All Units at the Same Time
Like any other appliances, smoke detectors will gather dust on the outside and inside over time and this can inhibit their ability to function properly. Experts have noted that units that are more than 10 years old will not be able to do their job as efficiently as newer detectors wither.
Although you may think you’ll be saving money by only replacing one or two malfunctioning smoke detectors at a time, this will actually cause more issues down the road. As such, all smoke detector units should always be replaced at the same time. This will make it easier to keep track of when they need to be tested and/or replaced.
2. Have Smoke detectors Replaced by a Reputable Alarm Company
While it’s possible to purchase cheaper smoke detectors from local hardware stores or even online, there’s always the risk that these units won’t function as efficiently as they should. The best way to ensure that you are getting the best quality units possible is to have them replaced by a reputable alarm company.
Qualified technicians will know where to place each unit to ensure that it performs as efficiently as possible, which will save you a lot of time, effort and money over the long term.
3. Ensure that your Alarms are Interconnected
Having your home’s smoke detector units connected to your security alarm system will provide your family with maximum fire protection if the need ever arises. When a considerable amount of smoke is detected in one part of your home, all of the detectors will activate to ensure that everyone in your home is made aware of the situation at the same time.
Again, you should only hire the services of a reputable alarm company when interconnecting these devices. This will prevent malfunctioning from occurring at any time.
4. Test Smoke Detectors Monthly
Many homeowners make the mistake of forgetting that their smoke detectors are there once they’ve been installed. However, it’s strongly recommended that each of these units be tested once a month to ensure that they will do their job in the event of a fire breaking out at any time.
If any of the units being to make chirping sounds, it’s an indication that their batteries need to be replaced. Units that don’t activate when the test button is pressed should be replaced immediately.
If you would like to find out more about having new smoke detectors installed in your home, or you need older units to be replaced, contact our team today. We will be most willing to set up an appointment to ensure that your family and possessions remain safe in the event of a fire occurring.