Most of us come in and out of our home every day without giving much thought to the safety devices meant to alert us in case of an emergency.
We tend to only think of the smoke detector when it starts beeping while we are cooking, especially if the windows are open and our neighbors can hear it. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors need to be maintained; their proper performance can make the difference in a life or death situation.
How old is your home?
This is an important question as building codes and safety device requirements have changed significantly over the last 10 years. Here are some simple yet highly important tips for the proper maintenance of your smoke detectors:
- Change your smoke detector batteries every year. TIP: Do this when you are adjusting the time on your clocks and appliances at the beginning or the end of daylight savings.
- Smoke detectors should be changed every 10 years according to the US Fire Administration.
- The location of your smoke detector if very important. Today’s codes require smoke detectors to be located in and outside every bedroom and in all common areas.
Another life-saving device is your carbon monoxide detector. Carbon Monoxide is an odorless colorless gas that can enter your home through your HVAC system during the heating season. It is important to have a licensed contractor preform a heating inspection to ensure the system in functioning safely and properly, as well as any other gas appliance in your home. Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed low to the floor on each level of the home and replaced every 5-7 years.
If you have any questions or require any assistance, please contact a licensed and reputable contractor for help.
Director of Regional Operations Home Services