Did you know your smoke alarms have a limited lifespan?
“…smoke alarms should be replaced every 8-10 years.” –US Fire Administration
After being in use for an 8-10 year period ALL Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced. These detectors are a critical safety device to keep your family safe. Make sure you check your batteries monthly and test the system monthly to ensure proper operation.
Why do my smoke detectors chirp?
It could mean that you need to replace the batteries. It could also mean that your smoke detectors are malfunctioning. First change the batteries and if the chirping persists, the units probably need to be replaced.
Did you know that by installing detectors with a sealed battery you never have to worry about chirping detectors or changing batteries ever again?
These units are the perfect ‘maintenance free’ option. You won’t hear these detectors chirp until their life expectancy has expired and it is time to replace them.
- Test both Smoke and Carbon Detectors at least once a month
- If your detectors are not interconnected, you should consider that option the next time you are replacing your detectors
- Generators should be far away from windows, vent openings and doors to prevent carbon monoxide build up.
- A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home.
- Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
- There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires.
- When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
- Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 8-10 years.