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What To Know About Your Home Fire Alarms

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

smoke detector with white smoke and red warning light It’s recommended to check a smoke alarm at least once a year

What To Know About Your Home Fire Alarms

When you live in Westwood, CA, it’s important to install a smoke alarm in your home. A fire damage restoration service can help with repairs and clean up if you do experience a fire, however a functioning alarm can help alert you to the fire in time to evacuate your family and get the fire put out. Here’s what you should know about your home’s fire alarms.

1. There Should Be Multiple in the Home

Many professionals recommend placing multiple smoke detectors throughout the home. There should be at least one on each floor including areas such as a kitchen where a fire is the most likely to occur. It’s also recommended to place a unit inside each bedroom as well. Placing an alarm outside the bedrooms in an area such as a shared hall is also recommended.

2. They Should Be Checked Annually

It’s recommended to check a smoke alarm at least once a year to ensure it is operational. Many people chose a date such as daylight savings or a minor holiday so that they remember to do this. If your alarm is battery operated this is a good time to install fresh ones into the unit. It’s also advised to test the unit according to the manufacturer's recommendations. This is often done by pressing the test button and listening for the correct alarm sound.

3. They Have an Operation Lifespan

It’s important to remember that a smoke detector has an operating life. For most units this is ten years, however, it’s advised to consult your alarm’s instructions for the exact time span it’s expected to function correctly. If you have an older unit it’s best to replace it.

It’s important to install a smoke alarm in each bedroom, outside the bedrooms, and in areas like a kitchen where a fire is most likely to occur. Check the batteries and that the alarm is still functional at least every year, and remember to replace old units. If your home does experience fire damage, a restoration service can help.

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