A fire can overtake a home in minutes. Sometimes all that stands between a family and peril is the smoke detector, especially at night when it’s easy to sleep through most of the warning stages of a fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, having functioning smoke detectors cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half. It’s essential to your home safety to routinely check smoke detectors.
How To Check Smoke Detectors
It’s recommended to test all of the smoke detectors monthly. There is a test button on each apparatus and all you have to do is press it once. Don’t test your detectors by trying to set them off with candles or something on fire because it can desensitize them.
Keep In Mind…
Some organizations recommend changing your smoke detector batteries when you change your clocks twice a year for daylight savings. In addition to maintaining your smoke detectors, it’s key to having a fire escape plan in your home. A fire’s intensity can grow exponentially in mere minutes and you may not have enough time to find each other in the house. Create an escape plan and review it when you check smoke detectors monthly.
If you need help setting up new smoke alarms in your home, contact us at Allen Electrical Services today!