Statistics say that Three out of five deaths in house fires occur because no smoke detectors are installed or because they are not working in proper condition. Installing smoke alarms in your home or office and regular check-up to keep them in good condition cuts your chances of perishing in a fire by half.
Smoke detectors save lives, but only if they’re correctly installed and maintained. Follow these tips from experts at Inlightech to keep you and your environment safe
Choosing the right Smoke Detectors
Interconnected smoke alarms signal all the alarms to sound when a single device detects smoke somewhere in your home.
You’ve got two options when selecting for smoke detectors – battery-powered and hard-wired smoke detectors. Battery-powered models need monthly testing whereas hard-wired models come with battery backups so the device remains operational even during a power outage. But monthly testing is still recommended for hard-wired smoke detectors to make sure things are in top shape and running.
The next option to choose among is between ionization and photoelectric smoke detectors.
1. Ionization alarms are quicker at detecting flaming fires.
2. Photoelectric smoke detectors work more effectively to warn against smouldering fires.
It’s recommended to have both types of alarms in your home or office
NOTE: Consider special alarms with strobe lights and bed shakers for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
Things to do while making Electrical Installation Services
⦁ Install one smoke alarm in each bedroom and outside each sleeping area.
⦁ Install an alarm on every floor of your home, including the basement.
⦁ Mount each smoke detector on the ceiling or high on the wall. Hot air carrying smoke rises above cool air, so a high placement is important for quick smoke detection.
⦁ Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms caused by cooking. Make sure the device should be at least 10 feet away from the stove.
⦁ Replace smoke detectors every 10 years.
Maintaining Smoke Detectors
Make sure to run a monthly checkup on each smoke detector to ensure proper operation – It’s quite simple, just press and hold the test button for a few seconds until the siren goes off. Replace the batteries if the sound is weak or nonexistent and check if the siren is still malfunctioning, replace the smoke detector as soon as possible.
Get rid of thick dust or other debris to ensure it isn’t blocking the grate. Dust and debris can prevent the smoke detector from working even if the batteries are new.
To help you remember to replace the batteries once a year, schedule a set time, such as when school starts or at the beginning of a new calTo help you remember to replace the batteries once a year, schedule a set time, such as when school starts or at the beginning of a new calendar year.
Replace the batteries immediately if the smoke detector starts chirping. This is a signal that the batteries are low.
Reacting When a Smoke Detector Sounds
⦁ Make a fire drill plan with your family or colleagues about how to respond in case of a house fire.
⦁ Establish a meeting place outside where everyone will gather if a smoke detector goes off. Choose a permanent spot such as a tree, mailbox or light post a safe distance from your home..
⦁ Assign people to assist older adults, infants or family members with mobility issues to make sure everyone is taken care of in the event of a fire.
When a smoke detector goes off, respond quickly. Stop what you’re doing and go outside to the designated meeting place. Do not reenter the home until the incident is deemed a false alarm or firefighters tell you it’s safe to do so.
If you need new smoke detectors installed or Electrical Installation Services or old devices replaced, Call your nearby Inlightech Electrician. We can help you to select the proper alarm and ensure ideal installation locations for your family’s safety.
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