We’ve spent a lot of time in quarantine during the global pandemic, and when the day finally comes that we can get past it, we will want to invite others over to our houses. Part of being a good host to others is to promote safety in the house, and part of being safe includes having functional smoke detectors.
You need to be sure they are working at all times so that they don’t fail in the event of an emergency. So how can you check? Here is what you should check to make sure that your smoke detectors are currently functioning as they should.
Consider How Long Your Smoke Detectors Can Be In Service
Many homeowners are already familiar with the beeping that comes from smoke detectors when their batteries get low and have to be replaced. Something less known is when you have to replace the entire smoke detector. FEMA recommends that you replace your smoke detectors once every ten years from the time that they get manufactured.
Because of this, it’s important to keep track of the manufacturing date on each detector you have. Check the dates on all of the ones you have, and consider looking at them annually to be sure you don’t accidentally forget to replace one when the time is right. Make sure you replace detectors immediately if you notice that it’s time.
Test Your Batteries
If your smoke detectors still function just fine, you should make a schedule for when you get your batteries tested. Batteries should be tested roughly once per month, and it should be a part of your standard maintenance procedures at home. All that must be done is for you to press the test button on your smoke detector, which should cause the alarm to go off. If the alarm doesn’t sound off, you’ll need to get new batteries.
If your batteries get low in the time between your monthly checks, your smoke detector should indicate this to you with a sound. If your batteries need replacing, don’t waste any time. Get them replaced immediately.
What if I Have Wired Smoke Detectors?
If your house’s electrical system and smoke detectors are wired together, there will be a backup battery that requires replacing every year. We recommend bringing in professional help to install smoke detectors if they are hardwired. At the same time, professionals can determine if there are electrical issues around your house that might be a concern for you.
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