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3 Tips for Smoke Detectors in Your Home

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

A smoke alarm, the words REPLACE IT on the bottom of the picture Some smoke alarms have 10 years batteries

Here's What You May Want to Know

When installing a smoke alarm in your Bunker Hill Village, TX, home, it’s important to follow the recommendations of many professionals, including fire damage restoration services, to ensure the alarm functions properly in the event of an emergency. Here’s what you may want to know.

1. Regular Maintenance

It’s important to maintain your smoke detectors for fire safety. Most professionals recommend checking the batteries in all alarms located in your home at least once a year. Many people choose to do this at daylight savings to keep the maintenance routine consistent. .Keeping your units free of dust can help prevent malfunctioning. It’s also recommended to test the unit according to the manufacturer's directions to ensure functionality. In most cases, there is a test button you can press to hear the alarm sound. If your alarm is malfunctioning it should be replaced entirely.

2. Alarm Placement

The exact placement of a smoke alarm in your home can also be important. It’s recommended that at least one alarm be placed on each floor of the building. Place an alarm in high-risk areas such as a workshop or kitchen. It’s also recommended to place one alarm inside each bedroom, and one alarm outside the bedrooms as well. You may be able to place a single alarm outside multiple bedrooms if they share a hall or living area.

3. Operation Life

A smoke detector does have an operation life. Many professionals recommend fully replacing any unit over ten years old to ensure proper functionality during the event of an emergency. Older units have a higher risk of malfunctioning which could be costly to your home and family.
When installing a smoke alarm in your home it’s important to regularly maintain the unit, place the alarm inside and outside each bedroom, as well as in the kitchen area, and fully replace old units. Doing so can help keep your home and family safe.

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