Smoke alarms are one of the most important items in your home. They are the early warning item that gives you the most time to leave if there is a fire. Did you know that smoke from a fire will put you into a much deeper sleep, and even the fire itself won’t wake you so getting an early warning in vital to you and your families survival?
How to check your smoke alarm.
1/ First things first, all alarms have a life expectancy which is 10 years. After this time their ability to detect smoke may degrade or even stop all together. On all alarms should be a replace by date or a manufacture date that you can use to ensure your alarms are still within this window of time. This is very important.
2/ Always change the battery every year without fail. Batteries cost about $1 each and by changing it you are ensuring you have the most energy available to the alarm when it needs it.
3/ Check to make sure it is clean. Get a hold of the vacuum cleaner or duster and go around the vent areas of the alarm making sure there is no dust or debris in there that will impede the flow of smoke through the unit. Without this flow through the alarm won’t detect the smoke.
4/ Check to make sure the alarm sounds by pressing the test button on the alarm. Most alarms you will have to hold the button for a few seconds to make it sound.
This is how you the home owner can check the alarm. Step 4 only ensures the sounder works in your alarm. To test the smoke detection part of the alarm it is recommended that a test smoke is used to guarantee that the alarm is functioning correctly.
We at A1 Sparky Services can check your alarms for you. We come out and replace the batteries, make sure it works using test smoke, is in date and is clean all for only $55 for your whole house weather you have 1 alarm or 10. $55 is money well spent to ensure your families safety.
If you would like for us to check your alarms, please give me a call on 0417 637 714.
Remember don’t be a fool on April fools, Check your smoke alarms. You and your family’s life depends on it.
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