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Smoke Detectors Save Lives - Here's What You Should Know

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

Everyone knows that fire detectors are an essential part of making sure your home stays safe and your family is protected, but how much do you really know about their proper use and installation?

Smoke detectors last between eight and ten years, typically you can find the manufacturing date printed somewhere and sometimes the expiration is also printed, but at a minimum they should be replaced every 10 years – An old smoke detector is just as bad as not having one at all

It may also need to be replaced if the detector alarms or chirps for no reason, or if there is no manufacturer date or expiration date.

  • Smoke Detectors should be installed on every level of the home as well as in every sleeping area too.
  • They should NOT be installed in cooking areas or inside of/near bathrooms
  • Make sure to keep them clean of dust and cobwebs
  • Check them once a month to ensure proper function, and batteries should be changed AT LEAST once a year. It can be a good idea to use changing the clocks forward or backwards as a reminder to also change your smoke detector batteries

We truly hope you’ll never have to hear these alarms for real, but with these tips you can help ensure that your family and home is safe should you ever have to deal with a house fire and should you need our emergency fire and water services, SERVPRO of Chesapeake North is here to help 24/7, 365 days a year.

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