Are Your Smoke Alarms Working Properly?

If it happens in the middle of the day, chances are you’ll know there’s a fire somewhere in the house rather quickly. Unfortunately, lots of home fires happen during the middle of the night when you and your family members are sleeping. For this reason, it’s imperative to make sure that you have an alert system for a fire. Is your smoke alarm working properly? Here’s what you need to know:

Smoke Alarm Installation

When you install smoke alarms in your home, you’ll want to make sure they are placed in every bedroom. You will also want to make sure that they are on each level the home, including the attic and the basement.

With that said, never have smoke alarms installed near windows, ducts, or doors as drafts can interfere with the operation. Similarly, keep these devices at least 10 feet away from cooking appliances.

Another great tip is to make sure that you interconnect all of your smoke alarms. This means when one goes off all of the others will too, which can alert you of a fire on the far side of the house right away.

Tips on Maintaining Your Smoke Alarm

It is a good idea to test your smoke alarm at least once a month. All you will need to do is push the “test” button.

Some smoke alarms are built with a long life battery that is designed to last roughly 10 years. If you have a smoke alarm that does not have one of these long-life batteries, you will need to make sure that you replace the batteries at least once a year.

We suggest however, that you replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years and even sooner if there is a malfunction. To ensure proper functionality, you always want to make sure that the battery installed is working properly, and you want to make sure that you keep the unit clean.

For the safety of your home and family, GEN3 Electric & HVAC can install these life saving devices by ensuring that the device is up to code and wired properly. Call us today at 215-512-4102.