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4 Tips for Maintaining Fire Alarms

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a smoke detector Ionization smoke detectors is very sensitive and could be triggered by smoke

The National Fire Protection Association states that three of five home fire deaths happen in homes that don't have working smoke alarms. The maintenance necessary to keep a fire alarm in working order is straightforward and easy to carry out.

Tips for Maintaining Fire Alarms

Tip One: Install Enough Alarms

Of course, your first step should be to install enough alarms to provide adequate coverage.

  • Place a fire alarm inside each bedroom.
  • Install an alarm outside of sleeping areas.
  • Hang an alarm on each level of the home.

This means that a two-story home with three bedrooms should have at least five alarms installed.

Tip Two: Choose the Right Alarms

There are two types of alarm technology: ionization detectors and photoelectric alarms. The first alarm is very sensitive and could be triggered by smoke from a pot of boiling water. These are great for fast-spreading fires. A photoelectric alarm senses smoke and alerts you to smoldering fires. Your best option is an alarm with both types of technology and with a stamp from the Underwriters Laboratories (UL.) Ask a fire damage and cleanup professional for more details.

Tip Three: Install Alarms Correctly

If you mount alarms on the walls, position them between four and 12 inches from the ceiling. Devices mounted on the ceiling should be positioned at least four inches from the nearest wall. You may find it is helpful to install alarms where you'll be able to reach them for testing and maintenance.

Tip Four: Maintain Alarms

Fire and smoke alarms only work if they receive the right care. This means monthly tests, new batteries at least once a year, regular cleaning with a vacuum, and replacement every ten years. It only takes a little while to push the test button to ensure a working safety alarm, and you'll be grateful for your time spent if an alarm gives you enough time to get your family to safety.

With these four tips, you should feel confident in your fire alarm system. Don't leave your Peyton, CO, home at risk of fire and smoke damage. It's also important to learn how to get yourself and your family out of a home fire.

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