October 4th marked the beginning of this year’s national Fire Prevention Week. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep,” noting the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom of your home. Smoke alarms are vital tools that have proven to save countless lives by alerting home occupants of fire. Does your home have working smoke alarms in all the right places? Smoke alarms should be installed in each of these locations in a home:
• In every room where family members sleep
• Outside of separate sleeping areas
• On each level of the home
If you do not have smoke alarms in place throughout your home, contact an electrician to provide reliable installation of these devices. While many smoke alarm models are battery powered, it is an excellent idea to have them hardwired to your home’s electrical system to help ensure they always have the necessary power.
An electrician can also install a network of smoke alarms in your home that are interconnected. With such a system, if smoke is detected by an alarm in one area of the house, all alarms will sound. This is an ideal way to make sure everyone in the home always hears an alarm sound, even if the fire has not reached the area of the home that they are in. Interconnected systems can alert family members sooner, helping you exit the home safely.
If there are members of your family who are hard of hearing, your electrician can help you install smoke alarms which will alert them in the event of a fire. Such smoke alarms use lights, vibration, or low frequency sounds to provide alerts in the event of a fire to keep those family members safe.
Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. If the smoke alarms in your home are over this limit, it’s time to have new ones installed. If you are unsure when your smoke alarms were installed, check the back panel of your alarm, which should list the unit’s date of manufacture.
Even if your home’s smoke alarms are hardwired to your electrical system, you should always make sure they have battery power as well. The batteries will supply power to the alarm in the event that power is knocked out to your home, or if a breaker trips or fuse is blown. Test each alarm in the home on a monthly basis while holding down the test button. Write a reminder on your calendar or set a notification on your phone to help you remember to perform this important safety check each month.
For assistance installing smoke alarms or setting up an interconnected smoke alarm system in your home, contact Super Electric. Our licensed electricians will help you determine the appropriate locations for alarms in your home while providing safe and reliable smoke alarm installation. Contact us today to learn more.