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How to Correctly Install and Maintain Your Smoke Alarm

11/24/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke detector of fire alarm in action All types of detectors should be replaced at least every ten years

How to Correctly Install and Maintain Your Smoke Alarm

While a fire alarm might not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering the most important pieces of equipment in your home in St. George, UT, it should be near the top of the list. A home fire can take you and your family by surprise, and your smoke detector can quickly save lives and prevent extensive fire damage by alerting you if something in your home is burning. However, simply owning a smoke alarm is not enough. It is essential that you know how to install and maintain your alarm so it works at the moment you need it most.

Installing a Smoke Alarm

When first installing smoke detectors in your home, it is important to make sure they are placed correctly to offer the best protection in the case of a fire. You should have at least one fire alarm on every floor of your house, outside each bedroom, and near the garage. Make sure not to place smoke detectors near the shower or stove where smoke or steam can cause a false alarm. Instead, use a heat detector in the kitchen that detects flames rather than smoke. While your home might still need to be addressed by a fire damage specialist if any smoke damage occurs, correct installation can help your family make a quick escape.

Maintaining a Smoke Alarm

While there is not much maintenance that goes into making sure your alarm works at it should, you need to test your alarm at least once a month to make sure it is working correctly. You should also check if your alarm is hard-wired or battery operated. All types of detectors should be replaced at least every ten years. For battery-operated alarms, change 9-volt batteries every six months or lithium batteries every ten years.
With the correct information, installing and maintaining your fire alarm takes minimal effort. Always change batteries before you hear it beep to give your family the best chance of safely escaping.

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