Smoke Detector Safety

Smoke Detector Safety

Do you ever get frustrated when your smoke alarm goes off after you’ve burnt something as simple as a piece of toast? To avoid future annoyances, many people disable their smoke alarms so this doesn’t happen repeatedly. DO NOT DO THIS. Between allowing batteries to die and disabling the alarms, tragedies often occur. To protect your family and home, there are things you can do to update your alarms and keep your home as safe as possible.

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Here are some important facts provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • Smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years.
  • They should be installed inside and outside of every bedroom or sleeping area.
  • Test all alarms once a month.
  • Consider getting interconnected alarms. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Alarms should be installed on every level of the home (including the basement).

You may want to consider upgrading your smoke detectors just for the new technology that they now have. The new “smart” designs have been developed to protect while producing fewer false alarms. The Nest, for example, is one brand that can detect smoke and carbon monoxide and give you a verbal warning. This device can pinpoint the exact problem area and then send you an alert on your smart phone. Another device, The Lophic, can decipher between cooking smoke and real smoke from a fire. Lastly, the Birdi can monitor the quality of the air and even contact the fire department when something isn’t right. All of these new smoke detectors are 90% faster to detecting fires compared to the original smoke alarms.

Replacing or upgrading detectors can range anywhere from $30+ depending on which type you buy, but no matter which type of alarms you choose, just remember to have them hooked up, working, and in the correct locations. It is better to be safe than sorry.