How Can I Maintain the Efficiency of My Smoke Alarm Systems
Between 30%-40% of all home fire deaths result from smoke, toxic gases and heat inhalation. The bad news is that it only takes minutes for these to kill somebody who has been trapped inside their home. That’s why it’s so important to have a good working smoke alarm system.
There are a few things you can do to help your smoke alarm systems last for a long time. This includes the followings tips:
Tips in maintaining the efficiency of my smoke alarm system
Keep it clean
First, check the alarm itself to ensure that there’s no dust or dirt on it.
Turn off the power then stick your vacuum attachment head into the openings where the sensors are on each side of the unit and move it around from top to bottom. Replace any filters if necessary and resume vacuuming so that the sensor is clear.
Replace the batteries of your smoke alarm system
There are many reasons why it is important to replace the batteries of your smoke alarm system. One of the main reasons for this is this: when smoke alarms fail, they will not provide any warning before a fire occurs. So, replacing the batteries of your smoke detector will ensure your home is guarded against serious injuries and fatalities if there was a sudden fire in your home.
Monthly testing of the unit
Monthly smoke alarm testing will provide you with peace of mind in knowing that your smoke alarm system is still working.
You can do smoke alarm system testing by doing the following:
- perform monthly smoke alarm test alarms per the manufacturer’s instructions.
- have them tested independently every six months.
- test smoke alarms for hard wired smoke detectors monthly and smoke alarms for smoke detectors with lithium ion batteries monthly.
Get rid of insects
Sometimes smoke alarms can attract termites, ants and other insects that will nest into smoke alarms. To get rid of insects that may be hiding inside your smoke alarm, it is best to use insect sprays around it. However, ensure you don’t spray inside it because it may damage the internal system.
Add carbon monoxide detector to your homes,too
Smoke alarms are an important part of smoke alarm system maintenance. But smoke alarms alone are not enough so it is important that you also install a carbon monoxide detector. Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors work well together to create a safer home environment.
It’s important to maintain smoke alarm efficiency by following the manufacturer’s instructions and replacing batteries every six months. It is also recommended that you vacuum your smoke detector monthly, have it tested independently every 6 months, replace any filters if necessary, and install a carbon monoxide detector in order to create a safe home environment for yourself or loved ones.
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