A smoke detector is a critical device for the early detection of a fire in your home or business, and it can be the difference between life and death. In fact, almost three of every five home fire deaths happened in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Installing smoke detectors obviously saves lives, but it can also save money. This article brought to you by the folks at Neighborhood Electric will go over the importance of smoke detectors and some maintenance tips you should not forget. Stay safe and feel free to call Neighborhood Electric with any questions or concerns regarding your smoke detector maintenance, repairs, replacements, and installations. We are always happy to help with our quality electricians.
Smoke Detectors Save Lives
Smoke alarms or smoke detectors save lives. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms play a central role in reducing fire deaths, injuries, and property damage.
How does it work? When a fire catches on, the smoke and toxic gases spread faster than the fire and heat themselves. A smoke detector will likely be the first to warn you of a fire so that you can escape before the fire gets close. However, it is worth mentioning that most fire victims die from inhaling the smoke and toxic gases, not from burns. So, you should get out of the building as soon as you hear the smoke detectors go off.
Smoke Detectors and Home Insurance
Your property insurance provider is financially interested in making sure your property is safe from disasters. A smoke detector saves lives and reduces the risk of injury, but it also speeds up the response rate for firefighting. After all, the sooner you sense a fire, the sooner you can call the fire department.
This is why property insurance providers offer discounts and reduced premiums for homes with advanced and properly installed smoke detectors. They may even have partnerships with smoke detectors manufacturers so that you get a discount on the smoke detector installation itself. Contact your property insurance provider to learn about such opportunities. We are certain they would be happy to help.
Maintaining Your Smoke Detectors
The work does not stop after installing the smoke detector. It is important that you maintain your smoke detector and make sure it is working properly.
Set a reminder on your phone and perform a test once a month. Hold down the test button on the detector and listen for the beep. Does it beep? Is the beep loud enough to hear in other parts of the house? If not, then it might be time to change the batteries or replace the unit.
Speaking of batteries and replacing the unit. We recommend you stay proactive and change batteries once every six months and replace the unit once every ten years. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Do you need help with a smoke detector installation or replacement? Your friends here at Neighborhood Electric are always ready and happy to help. Call us any time to get in touch with a live representative and schedule a flexible appointment or arrange an emergency dispatch.