Smoke Detector Maintenance
A smoke detector works great. When they are working. But often times, homeowners forget or do not know how to check a smoke detector in order to maintain it. First, let’s look at what causes a smoke detector to ‘sound off’. Any one of the items below, or a combination, will cause the alarm to sound. Guaranteed.
1.There is an actual fire. Or smoke or steam or dirt in the air. Smoke detectors cannot differentiate between these particulates and will alert you to a problem, real or perceived.
2.The battery is old, expired, or dead. All units come with a battery to help power the detector. Unfortunately, these batteries do expire and should be changed once per year.
3.The detector is dirty. This is Arizona and we have more dirt than anything else here. That dirt accumulates everywhere, including inside of your smoke detector. If you post a video online of cleaning your units, I will deliver a brand new fire extinguisher to your house. Just tag Home Hazard Prevention and I’ll contact you for your prize. (valid only for residents of Maricopa County)
4.Smoke detectors have a lifespan. Everything that is man-made has a lifespan. Smoke detectors are no different; and their life span is typically 8-10 years.
On a final note, whether your replacing a battery, cleaning the unit, or replacing the smoke detector itself; be sure to take that action on all of the units at the same time. It does no good to replace the batteries or units 1 at a time every 3 days.
Following these simple steps will help protect your family and contents 24 hours a day, every day of the year. This is really a priceless service that is often forgot about, but cannot be ignored. Owning a home (or renting, for that matter) should have a certain amount of pride of ownership. Be sure to partake in all regular maintenance and cleaning around your home and it’ll last much longer the better take care of you. I guarantee it.
Call us today at 480-719-1551 to get new units delivered and installed at the best possible price. We are a firefighter owned and operated company, and no one cares more about you than us!
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