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8 TIPS TO PERFORM SMOKE ALARM MAINTENANCE

03/28/2023

ELECTRICAL

8 TIPS TO PERFORM SMOKE ALARM MAINTENANCE

03/28/2023

Smoke alarms have saved countless lives. This is why it’s essential to test them, replace batteries, and ensure they’re working properly. Having early detection of smoke in your home will ensure that your household can evacuate your home safely before any injuries and fatalities occur. Additionally, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your smoke alarm is working flawlessly.

Importance of Smoke Alarm Maintenance

First and foremost, smoke alarms are affordable, life-saving devices. Not only that but it’s also required by law to have them installed throughout your home. Properly maintain it and it will keep you safe from harm. Today we’re sharing some tips with you to keep up with the maintenance of your smoke alarm. Let’s go!

Tip #1: Read Your Instruction Manual

Get to know your smoke alarm and the features that are offered in your particular device. You may even realize that your device is a combination of a carbon monoxide detector! Your manual should state where to install your device. In addition, you should find information about how often to check your batteries and replace your device entirely.

Tip #2: Run Monthly Tests

First and foremost, one of the easiest ways to test the functionality of the smoke alarm is by grabbing a ladder and pressing down on the ‘TEST’ button. Typically, the button is located on the front of the device or the back. It’s a good idea to test all of the smoke alarms in your home.

smoke alarm maintenance

Are you having a difficult time finding your ‘TEST’ button? Consult your instruction manual to find where it is. And if your manual doesn’t state where it is and it’s nowhere to be found, you may have an outdated smoke alarm. We highly advise that you purchase a new one to be safe.

Tip #3: Check Your Batteries and Replace When Necessary

If you do not hear any loud beeping noises that blare through your home, you may need to replace the batteries. And if that doesn’t do the trick, you may need to replace your smoke alarm entirely. Make sure you check every single smoke alarm in your home.

smoke alarm maintenance

Usually, manufacturers recommend that batteries should be replaced about twice a year. But again, it depends on what your particular device requires. Read your manual to find out!


Here’s a fantastic article that explains the many types of smoke alarms on the market.

Tip #4: Clean Your Smoke Alarm

Since you already have the ladder out and you’re climbing up to change the batteries, it’s a great time to also clear away any cobwebs, dust, and other debris that may potentially affect the performance of your smoke alarm. If there’s a lot of debris that has accumulated, you could use a hand vacuum or vacuum with an attachment to suck up all the dust!

Tip #5: Has Your Smoke Alarm Exceeded the Lifespan?

Usually, smoke alarms are good for about 10 years. If you’ve exceeded the lifespan, it may be wise to replace it. Some devices have a lifespan of only 5 years so it may be in your best interest to consult your instruction manual.

Tip #6: Do a Walkthrough of Your Home for Appropriate Locations

Do you know where all of the smoke alarms are located in your home? It may be a good time to take inventory of them. You may notice that there are rooms that don’t have a smoke alarm. Consider installing one in a room, basement, or garage where you don’t see one.

smoke alarm safety

Tip #7: Learn How to Operate Your Smoke Alarm

Though every device operates differently, generally, they have similar features. We found this incredible article by Security.org that has a comprehensive how-to guide on using your smoke alarm. We highly suggest you check it out if you’re looking to learn more!

Tip #8: Practice Fire Drills At Home

Whether you have children, the elderly, pets, or none of the above, it may be wise to practice fire drills. When an emergency situation arises, you’ll all be ready and confident to act accordingly! It can be a scary situation for adults and even more terrifying for children. But if your children are prepared and the adults are more or less composed, you’ll know what bags to reach for and who to call.

Some things to talk about with your children and elderly:

  • Where the closest escape route is
  • What emergency bag to grab when needing to evacuate safely
  • Who to call in an emergency
  • Where all family members will meet after evacuating

 

It may be a good idea to have phone numbers ready: emergency dispatch, insurance, emergency contacts, and so on.

Call High Mark's professional technicians to schedule your appointment for your electrical safety inspection done today at 604-945-8060.
Call High Mark's professional technicians to schedule your appointment for your electrical safety inspection done today at 604-945-8060.
Wrap it up

In summary, we hope that this blog post was able to provide you with the know-how and confidence to act accordingly when an emergency situation happens. By keeping up with your smoke alarm maintenance, you and your family members will have peace of mind knowing that it’s all working optimally.

smoke alarm

We hope that you found this blog post to be informative!

 

When was the last time you performed your smoke alarm maintenance?

Share with us on Instagram and Facebook.

Thank you for reading!

Smoke alarms have saved countless lives. This is why it’s essential to test them, replace batteries, and ensure they’re working properly. Having early detection of smoke in your home will ensure that your household can evacuate your home safely before any injuries and fatalities occur. Additionally, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your smoke alarm is working flawlessly.

Importance of Smoke Alarm Maintenance

First and foremost, smoke alarms are affordable, life-saving devices. Not only that but it’s also required by law to have them installed throughout your home. Properly maintain it and it will keep you safe from harm. Today we’re sharing some tips with you to keep up with the maintenance of your smoke alarm. Let’s go!

Tip #1: Read Your Instruction Manual

Get to know your smoke alarm and the features that are offered in your particular device. You may even realize that your device is a combination of a carbon monoxide detector! Your manual should state where to install your device. In addition, you should find information about how often to check your batteries and replace your device entirely.

Tip #2: Run Monthly Tests

First and foremost, one of the easiest ways to test the functionality of the smoke alarm is by grabbing a ladder and pressing down on the ‘TEST’ button. Typically, the button is located on the front of the device or the back. It’s a good idea to test all of the smoke alarms in your home.

smoke alarm maintenance

Are you having a difficult time finding your ‘TEST’ button? Consult your instruction manual to find where it is. And if your manual doesn’t state where it is and it’s nowhere to be found, you may have an outdated smoke alarm. We highly advise that you purchase a new one to be safe.

Tip #3: Check Your Batteries and Replace When Necessary

If you do not hear any loud beeping noises that blare through your home, you may need to replace the batteries. And if that doesn’t do the trick, you may need to replace your smoke alarm entirely. Make sure you check every single smoke alarm in your home.

smoke alarm maintenance

Usually, manufacturers recommend that batteries should be replaced about twice a year. But again, it depends on what your particular device requires. Read your manual to find out!


Here’s a fantastic article that explains the many types of smoke alarms on the market.

Tip #4: Clean Your Smoke Alarm

Since you already have the ladder out and you’re climbing up to change the batteries, it’s a great time to also clear away any cobwebs, dust, and other debris that may potentially affect the performance of your smoke alarm. If there’s a lot of debris that has accumulated, you could use a hand vacuum or vacuum with an attachment to suck up all the dust!

Tip #5: Has Your Smoke Alarm Exceeded the Lifespan?

Usually, smoke alarms are good for about 10 years. If you’ve exceeded the lifespan, it may be wise to replace it. Some devices have a lifespan of only 5 years so it may be in your best interest to consult your instruction manual.

Tip #6: Do a Walkthrough of Your Home for Appropriate Locations

Do you know where all of the smoke alarms are located in your home? It may be a good time to take inventory of them. You may notice that there are rooms that don’t have a smoke alarm. Consider installing one in a room, basement, or garage where you don’t see one.

smoke alarm safety

Tip #7: Learn How to Operate Your Smoke Alarm

Though every device operates differently, generally, they have similar features. We found this incredible article by Security.org that has a comprehensive how-to guide on using your smoke alarm. We highly suggest you check it out if you’re looking to learn more!

Tip #8: Practice Fire Drills At Home

Whether you have children, the elderly, pets, or none of the above, it may be wise to practice fire drills. When an emergency situation arises, you’ll all be ready and confident to act accordingly! It can be a scary situation for adults and even more terrifying for children. But if your children are prepared and the adults are more or less composed, you’ll know what bags to reach for and who to call.

Some things to talk about with your children and elderly:

  • Where the closest escape route is
  • What emergency bag to grab when needing to evacuate safely
  • Who to call in an emergency
  • Where all family members will meet after evacuating

 

It may be a good idea to have phone numbers ready: emergency dispatch, insurance, emergency contacts, and so on.

Call High Mark's professional technicians to schedule your appointment for your electrical safety inspection done today at 604-945-8060.
Call High Mark's professional technicians to schedule your appointment for your electrical safety inspection done today at 604-945-8060.
Wrap it up

In summary, we hope that this blog post was able to provide you with the know-how and confidence to act accordingly when an emergency situation happens. By keeping up with your smoke alarm maintenance, you and your family members will have peace of mind knowing that it’s all working optimally.

smoke alarm

We hope that you found this blog post to be informative!

 

When was the last time you performed your smoke alarm maintenance?

Share with us on Instagram and Facebook.

Thank you for reading!

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