Thursday, November 13, 2014

Leave The Chirping To The Birds: Replacing Your Smoke Detector

Don’t fall victim to a house fire as a result of a faulty smoke detector. You should proactively check your smoke detector and change the batteries regularly. Along with regular maintenance, you should know that your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors should be changed every 8-10 years.

Here are some things you MUST know about your smoke detectors:

  • Chirping smoke detectors are often warning signs that the batteries need to be replaced. However, it is NOT the only reason.
  • Check the age of the detector, each one has a date of manufacture stamped on the underside. 10 years is the maximum lifespan of a smoke detector.
  • Never paint a smoke detector. Painting a smoke detector can prevent the alarm from sounding in a fire.
  • To remove the detector, simply twist it to the right and it will drop down from the ceiling. Pinch the white, yellow and black wires to disconnect from the wiring harness.
Watch this video for a step-by-step guide on removing your smoke detector:

If you don’t feel comfortable replacing your smoke detector, or want to make sure that your detector is properly installed and doing its job, give the expert electricians at GEN3 Electric a call today! Make sure the only chirps you hear are the birds!

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