Our clocks sprung forward earlier this month, and many of us are still recovering from the time change. While daylight savings time often passes without incident, the biannual time change is an excellent opportunity to perform some much-needed maintenance. Inspecting smoke alarms twice per year is a good practice, and many homeowners choose to do so at the start and end of daylight savings time. If necessary, smoke alarm replacements can keep your family and property safe. Follow these smoke alarm inspection tips to determine whether or not you need new smoke alarms.
Smoke Alarm Replacements Save Lives
Many homeowners tend to forget about their smoke alarms until they hear the blaring beeps that indicate 1) it’s time to change the battery or 2) someone made a mistake in the kitchen. Smoke alarms are often seen as a nuisance instead of a life-saving tool. While fires in the home are not something that most people experience regularly, it’s still essential for smoke alarms to function properly at all times. There’s no telling when a kitchen accident, electrical fire, or another incendiary incident will occur, and smoke alarms can let occupants know that it’s time to evacuate. Smoke alarm replacements ensure that homes are equipped with necessary fire safety tools.
Rule of Thumb: Inspect Smoke Alarms at Daylight Savings Time
When was the last time you changed the batteries in your smoke alarms? Many professionals recommend inspecting smoke alarms and replacing the batteries twice per year, and performing routine maintenance at the beginning and end of daylight savings time is an excellent way to remember these vital tasks. Here are some standard components of smoke alarm maintenance routines:
- Clear dust buildup gently with a vacuum or duster.
- Replace all batteries.
- Follow manufacturer instructions for smoke alarm testing.
- Work with a professional for smoke alarm replacements when needed. Many alarms must be replaced after ten years, and an experienced electrician can help you determine if a new unit is necessary.
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