Although they can be a bit of a nuisance when your cooking efforts go slightly awry, smoke alarms are a vital fixture for any home or business. These devices alert us to hazardous smoke and the beginnings of potentially devastating fires, giving us the heads up we need to evacuate and take proper action. We all rely on smoke alarms, but these pieces of equipment rely on us, too. Without proper maintenance, smoke alarms cannot function when we need them most. Smoke alarm replacements, tests, and battery changes are a part of any safe home’s maintenance regimen. In this blog, we discuss everything you need to know about smoke alarm replacements and maintenance.
Smoke Alarm Replacements Should Typically Happen Every Ten Years
While each manufacturer has specific instructions, most smoke alarms should be replaced at least once every ten years. Homeowners, tenants, and business owners can often see when their smoke alarm was built by looking at the back of the unit. Many manufacturers print the date of creation on the back of each alarm, and the printed or online version of the owner’s manual can be a useful source of information for a particular model. These sources (or an experienced electrician) can let consumers know when it’s time for smoke alarm replacements.
Maintaining Your Smoke Alarm
A regularly scheduled maintenance regimen is crucial. Your home or business may not be protected without regular testing, battery replacements, and smoke alarm replacements, so be sure to make and keep a maintenance schedule. Test your smoke alarms’ power supply monthly, making sure to check every device on your property. For battery-powered smoke alarms, replacing the batteries annually is often recommended. Many home and business owners clean their smoke alarms during battery replacement, getting rid of trapped dust and debris.
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