Tips for Smoke Detector Maintenance

Why Smoke Detector Maintenance is Important

Battery-powered and even wired-in technology are not infallible – even for smoke detectors. Batteries die, parts wear out, and dust may clog the system, preventing the smoke alarm from detecting smoke or fire during an emergency. Because smoke alarms are your first defense against fire, they should be primed to alert you at the first whiff of smoke. 

A properly working smoke detector reduces the risk of death by half and may even help you save your business. 

Tips for Maintaining Smoke Detectors Based on Type

The two primary methods for smoke alarm maintenance are testing and cleaning. 

Why do you need to test smoke detectors?

Regardless of the type of smoke alarm you have, it should be tested at least once a month to ensure everything is in working order. This will give you peace of mind that your smoke detector will work when you need it most. 

Why do you need to clean smoke detectors?

Remaining stationary, smoke alarms collect dust and pollutants. These can clog the system and prevent the alarm from working as it should. That’s why it’s important to clean your smoke detector monthly by dusting it with a dry cloth. Yearly, you can also remove the external casing and remove dust from the interior. 

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Alarm Powered By Batteries

  • Test the alarm at least once a month.
  • Clean the alarm monthly.
  • Replace the batteries at least once yearly (or when you hear low battery warning chirps).
  • Replace the entire smoke alarm system once every ten years. 

Alarm Powered By 10-Year Sealed Battery

  • Test the alarm at least once a month.
  • Clean the alarm monthly.
  • Replace the entire system once every ten years (or when you hear end-of-life warning chirps).

Hardwired Alarm

  • Test the alarm at least once a month.
  • Clean the alarm monthly.
  • Replace the backup battery (for power outages) at least once a year.
  • Replace the entire hardwired alarm system every ten years. 
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Additional Smoke Alarm Features to Consider

While basic smoke detectors will safeguard your business, you can go above and beyond to protect your employees and building by investing in interconnected smoke detectors, a carbon monoxide display, and a hush button.

Benefits of Interconnected Smoke Detectors 

Interconnected smoke detectors are all connected, so when one goes off, they all go off. It’s important to have smoke alarms on every floor and connect them. This ensures that if a fire starts on one floor, the interconnected smoke alarms will alert the whole building of the emergency. 

Consider Adding a Carbon Monoxide Display

Modern smoke detectors have a digital display that includes carbon monoxide levels. Because carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that kills 400 people and hospitalizes 4000 a year, having a system in place to detect it may save lives in your building. 

Buy an Alarm with a Hush Button

Because smoke alarms can be sensitive to smoke – even smoke that isn’t leading to a fire – many people are tempted to remove the batteries temporarily to stop the chirping noise. This leaves your home or building vulnerable in the event of a real fire if someone forgets to replace the batteries. That’s why many smoke detectors now come with a hush button which allows you to turn off the noise if there is no fire in the building.

Call Safe-T Fire to Perform Your Annual Smoke Alarm Maintenance

With 35 years of industry experience, Safe-T Fire Protection offers the best smoke detector maintenance and inspection for businesses of all types. If you need smoke detectors installed at your business, our team is well-trained in providing safe smoke detector installation. We also offer smoke detector maintenance, ensuring your smoke alarms are ready to work reliably when needed. 

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