You need to protect your home from all possible threats, which includes potential fires. However, you cannot just make sure you are stocked up on a fire extinguisher and feel like you have done enough. A big factor that contributes to fire safety is making sure you have smoke alarms in place. You will want to take the necessary precautions of making sure you have working smoke alarms throughout your home. It is also important to know everything you can about smoke alarms. Here are are some facts about smoke alarms you may not have known.
Different types of smoke alarms
First off, you should know that there are many different types of smoke alarms. One of the major and most basic differences is that there are automatic and manual smoke alarms. Automatic smoke alarms are set off when they detect heat or smoke. Manual smoke alarms, however, require someone to pull down on them to trigger the alarm.
Need for maintenance
You also need to keep in mind the fact that smoke alarms, like many things in life, require regular maintenance. To start the maintenance off, you will need a professional fire service to conduct an inspection. Another important part of maintenance that you should know about is how to test your smoke alarms.
How to test
Testing your smoke alarms often is important for the regular maintenance for them to make sure they are functioning. You should test your smoke alarms approximately once a month. All you need to do is hold the button down for a few seconds to see if the alarm sounds. If you do not hear anything or if it is faint, then you will want to replace the batteries.
To keep your family safe, you will want your smoke alarms always to be working just fine. Batteries will need to be changed every few years, more preferably once a year. Without working batteries, your smoke alarms will be unable to sound off in the event of a fire.
Smoke alarms should be interconnected
It is important to know that smoke alarms should be interconnected to one another. If one of your smoke alarms is set off, they should all be set off. This way if a fire starts in the basement and you are upstairs, you will know right away, and you will be able to react appropriately immediately.
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