Nothing is more important to your family and customers’ safety than your building’s smoke detectors and fire alarms. These devices notify occupants where there’s smoke or fire, leaving enough time to safely exit the building. But there are some maintenance activities, to make sure they’re working properly. Read on to learn how often you should check your smoke detectors.
Why Check Up on My Smoke Detectors?
Electronic devices are not invincible. Batteries die, and smoke detectors become less sensitive over time. Dirt and dust can also affect performance. You must regularly check your detectors and replace their batteries. In fact, a good practice is to replace detector batteries, if so equipped, every time you change your clocks in the fall and spring. Some newer detectors come with long-life batteries that don’t need replacement.
Battery-Powered Smoke Detectors
These smoke detectors can easily have worn-out batteries and must be checked monthly. It’s even better to check the test function more often. Even if you think they are fresh, do not put used batteries into your detectors, either. Check battery operation as soon as you put them in to make sure they are working properly. You can always call the experts at Fireline for a professional inspection.
Hardwired Smoke Detectors
Hard wired smoke detectors are powered by your home’s electrical system. They usually have backup batteries, so they still work in case of a power outage. Even though this device operates from your home’s electricity, you still need to check the batteries. Hardwired detectors must be tested each month. This helps ensure that the device has a good electrical supply, and the batteries are working correctly.
While your detectors are usually very reliable, they can also malfunction. If your smoke alarm starts to chirp with a low-power sound, this may be a sign that you have to replace the batteries immediately. If the alarm sounds while you’re cooking, you may want to move your smoke a bit farther away from the kitchen. If your detector is prone to false alarms or if the alarm makes short beeps without anybody touching it, consult the owner’s manual or call a professional for an inspection.
Fire Protection Services from Fireline
Whether you need smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or an automatic sprinkler system installed at your commercial property, Fireline has you covered. We have been protecting people and property from fire damage since 1947—and our experience shows in our excellent work! We are known for our superb customer service, our expertise, and our reliability. For more information on how we can help your residential or commercial property, visit us online or give us a call at (800) 553-3405. We are located in Baltimore, MD, with a second office in Leesburg, VA. For more fire safety tips, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.