How to Know When Your Smoke Detector Needs Replacing

by | Feb 15, 2018 | Safety

When a smoke detector’s battery life is near the end, a high-pitched ‘chirp’ sound will serve as a reminder to install a fresh set of batteries.

But changing out old batteries on a smoke detector isn’t the only thing that needs to be done to make sure it’s working properly.

According to FEMA, smoke detectors need to be replaced 10 years from their date of manufacture.

Unlike the ‘chirp’ sound that tells you that it’s time to change the batteries, an outdated smoke detector makes no noise.

Be Sure to Check the Date on Your Smoke Detector

Don’t wait until your smoke detector reminds you to change the batteries to check the date of manufacture on the device.

Here’s how to tell your smoke detector needs to be replaced:

  • First, remove the smoke detector from the ceiling or wall.
  • Check the back of the device for the date of manufacture.
  • Keep in mind that smoke detectors should be replaced 10 years from the date of manufacture on the back of the device.
  • If the date is less than 10 years old, put the smoke detector back in its place.

FEMA also suggests that you test the batteries on all your smoke detectors once a month.

To do so, push the test button and make sure your alarms go off when tested.

If no sound is made, it needs to be replaced.

The Best Place to Install your Smoke Detector

In the event of an emergency, it’s important to make sure that you install your smoke detectors where they will be heard loud and clear throughout your home.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, having smoke detectors installed in your home can cut your risk of dying by fire in half.

Making sure that all of your smoke detectors are interconnected is the best way to ensure that your home is protected.

Interconnected alarms all go off when smoke is detected.

When installing smoke detectors in your home, make sure one is installed in every bedroom, outside each individual sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

If you’re having electrical problems in your home, call us today and let one of our professional electricians come out and take a look.

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