Some Useful Smoke Alarm Tips for Homeowners

When you’ve got smoke alarms installed in your home, you may want to follow a few of these smoke alarm tips to make your life with them a positive experience.

  • Put smoke alarms on every level of the house and near or inside bedrooms. If you sleep with the doors closed, place an alarm inside your room.
  • House Fire 92456231Make sure that there are smoke alarms in your children’s or elderly people’s rooms because these are the people most likely to sleep through the alarm.
  • If your child will not wake to a smoke alarm, find one that is capable of recording your voice. These can wake children up in the event of emergencies because it is a familiar sound that they know well.
  • For individuals who have hearing problems, there are specialized smoke detectors that will alert you with a strobe light or vibration device.
  • Have an escape plan in place for your family already established – and practice it! – so that if you ever have a house fire, flood, or other emergency, you can all execute the plan efficiently and safely.
  • Make sure your children recognize the sound and know what to do if it ever goes off.
  • Test them monthly by simply pressing the “test” button.
  • Do NOT ever for any reason remove the battery, unless you are replacing it.
  • Happiness family 153770663Make sure the alarm is labeled as having been tested in a laboratory for reliability.
  • If your smoke detector notifies you of a house fire that cannot be contained by a fire extinguisher, leave the house immediately. If there is a lot of smoke, crawl underneath it to avoid inhalation of the toxic fumes in smoke.
  • If there’s a false alarm from your smoke alarm, press the “hush” button (which will reduce the device’s sensitivity temporarily), open windows, ventilate the area, and wave or fan around the alarm until the sensor deactivates.
  • Replace the batteries once per year (unless you are using a lithium battery). A chirping smoke alarm usually indicates that the battery is low, so replace it as soon as this happens.
  • Replace the entire unit every 8 or 10 years, whether you’re using a 9-volt battery, lithium battery, or hardwired electrical power.
  • Make sure that your smoke alarms are all interconnected so that if one alarm sounds, all of them sound to alert you wherever you are in the house. If you are concerned about never finding the original fire source, some systems will have a flashing green LED light indicating which smoke alarm was the one to activate the alarm.
  • Smoke rises, so make sure that your smoke alarms are installed either on the ceiling or high up on the wall. Also make sure that your upstairs is well stocked with smoke alarms.
  • Ask a professional electrician to install any hardwired smoke alarms for your home.
  • Have more than one kind of alarm installed. Ionization alarms respond better to flaming fires while photoelectric alarms respond better to smoldering fires, and so installing both types (or a combination alarm) will provide more protection.