6 Steps To Maintaining Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detection

3 November 2016
Category: Electrical
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Smoke and carbon monoxide detection should be treated with care. Unfortunately, plenty of homeowners out there will take it for granted, even when they sense a problem. The risk of neglecting any issues with smoke and carbon monoxide detection is far too great. Though 96% of homes across the United States have a working smoke and carbon monoxide detector of some kind, two-thirds of the nearly 4,000 house fires occurring between 2003 and 2006 would have been avoided if the homeowner fixed any lingering issues with their smoke detector. An average of 500 deaths a year happen in the United States due to carbon monoxide poisoning, which would have also been avoided had the home been equipped with proper detection. With that info in mind, it’s important to note the consequences of not even checking on detection in the slightest can be fatal. You won’t have an enjoyable fall and winter if you allow any problems with your detection go unnoticed. Instead, you should be proactive and stay on top of your home’s electrical safety. You may think this only extends to wiring and outlets, but faulty detection should be considered an electrical concern as well.

Why Should You Call Randy’s Electric?

Randy’s Electric will be able to assist with any electrical safety concerns this fall, especially with smoke and carbon monoxide detection. We want to see you live safely and happily this season, and part of that is keeping your family from danger. With the risk of home heating and electrical fires higher than ever during the colder months, you need high-quality detection alerting you of even the slightest traces of a problem. Our team of dedicated electricians want to educate you on how to keep your home safe. After all, it is undeniably important to be educated about smoke detection so you’ll know when the time is right to replace it or change batteries. Brushing up on your knowledge on carbon monoxide exposure will also give you a better idea of what to notice when you suspect its presence in your home.  With our help, you will be handling smoke and carbon monoxide detection like a true pro!

How Can You Maintain Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detection?

If you want to know how you can help maintain your detectors, please follow these 6 tips to ensure they continue to work at the best of their abilities:

  1. Replace Smoke Detectors after 10 Years: Smoke detectors today are designed to last well beyond a decade, but it will be better to replace them once they reach their tenth birthday. Your smoke detectors may work well after 10 years. However, replacing them will ensure you are less likely to experience a breakdown at the worst possible time. You will be able to experience a high level of efficiency from a modern detector if you are proactive on replacement.
  2. Replace Carbon Monoxide Detection after 5-7 Years:  You should also replace carbon monoxide detection after every 5 to 7 years, which may not seem like such a long time but it can prove to be a lifesaver when you need protection against harmful gas. Replacement will ensure you are less likely to experience a gas leak or any unexpected malfunctions that will leave you prone to carbon monoxide’s most lethal effects.
  3. Consider Installing Lithium Batteries: Lithium ion batteries are the most reliable detector battery available today. They offer a lifespan of up to 10 years, much longer than traditional batteries. In addition, they are also incredibly efficient, saving you the time and money on battery replacement. Even better, this will save you from the worry of your detector breaking down unexpectedly.
  4. Invest in Detection with “End of Life” Sensors: Many new smoke and carbon monoxide detectors available today come with an “end of life” sensor. This sensor will let you know if replacement or repair are necessary. If anything, it’s saving you from a potentially dangerous situation where a fire or gas leak can worsen.
  5. Buy Detectors with Electrochemical Sensors: Ensure that any alarm you choose to purchase, install, or already have in your home is equipped with electrochemical sensors, which maintain the detector’s performance through humidity or temperature changes.  This will ensure your detector will be more likely to work effectively at all times of the year. Also make sure your chosen brand of detectors is listed by the UL to ensure it is truly reliable.
  6. Consider Battery Back-Ups: Another must-have to add are battery back-ups. Back-up power for your detection is essential, especially if your batteries die out. If you do run into a situation like that, a battery back-up will be there for you to keep your detectors working, especially during an emergency situation.

Ensure Your Home’s As Safe As Possible – Schedule A Service To Ensure The Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Detection Devices In Your Home Are Working

Contact Randy’s Electric today if you want to learn more on how to keep your home safe this fall by maintaining smoke and carbon monoxide detection!

 

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