Every year, numerous individuals in Canada die in fires that might have been avoided if smoke alarms had been installed using smoke alarm installers. It’s not enough to just install smoke alarms; they must be placed where they are required and tested to ensure that they will function correctly in the event of a fire.
The following are some basic recommendations for keeping your smoke alarms in good working order in your house.
New Smoke Detectors
Ensure you get the appropriate kind of smoke alarm for the right places in your house when you purchase new smoke alarms. In most cases, a photoelectric smoke detector will not create any issues near the kitchen.
Please read the instructions carefully! The instructions that come with a new smoke alarm contain information on where to install it, how to maintain it, and how to use it properly.
If you have any concerns regarding buying new smoke alarms, contact your local fire department.
Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of the house, ideally in each bedroom.
Incorporate smoke alarms that are linked together (when one sounds, they all do). Hardwired and battery-operated versions are also available.
Once a month
By pushing and holding the button on your smoke alarm, you may determine if it is rechargeable batteries or hard-wired. The alarm should be set off.
If your alarm doesn’t have a button, it’s old and has to be changed.
When it comes to testing and servicing your alarm, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Hard-wired smoke alarms should have an expiry date.
Once or twice a year
Replace the batteries in all smoke alarms every two years or according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Approximately every two years
Remove the lid and wipe it off with a wet towel.
Vacuum the interior of the alarm with care.
Replace the cover and double-check that the alarm is functioning.
Once every ten years
Replace your smoke alarm with a new one. Some models are only good for 5 years.
Alarms that are both rechargeable batteries and hard-wired fall under this category.
There is an expiry date on all smoke detectors.