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.
Smoke Detector Maintenance
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.
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.
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. Use a can of compressed air/keyboard cleaner to blow out the dust.
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 480-448-0266 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!
‘Safety Nick’, as he is affectionately known, is the owner and operator of Home Hazard Prevention, LLC (HHP). As a professional firefighter in the Valley since 2005 with an extensive background in responding to and preventing emergencies, Nick felt that it was time to help the citizens of Maricopa and Pinal Counties learn how to be safe and protect their loved ones in a proactive manner. In 2012, HHP was launched. With the support of his wonderful (and understanding!) wife and two beautiful children, Nick works tireless hours, not only to help save your family’s lives, as a firefighter and a community safety expert, but also to be able to spend quality time with his family. Nick moved to Arizona over 20 years ago and enjoys exploring our great state with his family.
Be sure to contact Home Hazard Prevention for any of your family or business safety needs. From mobile CPR training to car seat education to infant safety (and much more!) HHP is here to help! Remember, a complete safety program does not have to be expensive or time-consuming. There is no one more qualified than a group of professional firefighters to keep your family safe! (480) 448-0266 or Nick@HomeHazardPrevention.com
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