Only Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives!

Homeowner changing batteries in smoke detector

We all changed our clocks during Daylight Savings, but did you change the batteries in your smoke detectors? This is a great time to get that done. We also recommend that if your smoke detectors are more than 8-10 years old you should replace the units altogether. Remember, only working smoke detectors can save lives!

The U.S. Fire Administration recommends the following guidelines for smoke detector replacement:

  1. Age: Most smoke detectors have a lifespan of about 8-10 years. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for the recommended replacement interval.
  2. Functionality: If your smoke detector is malfunctioning, making strange noises, or not responding correctly to testing, it’s time to replace it.
  3. Battery Replacement: If your smoke detector uses replaceable batteries, replace them at least once a year or according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. If the detector continues to beep after replacing the batteries, it might be time for a new one.
  4. Damage: Replace smoke detectors that show signs of physical damage or deterioration, such as cracks, discoloration, or missing parts.
  5. Upgrades: Consider replacing older smoke detectors with newer models that offer additional features, such as interconnected detectors that communicate with each other or smart smoke detectors that can send alerts to your smartphone.
  6. Changes in Standards: If there have been updates to safety standards or new technologies developed since you installed your smoke detectors, it might be a good idea to upgrade to newer models that meet the latest requirements.

Regular maintenance and replacement of smoke detectors are crucial for ensuring the safety of your home and family in the event of a fire. If you need help, call our electrical experts at Frisbees.


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