A smoke detector is an essential part of any home. A smoke detector is your first line of defense against a fire safety hazard. So what do you need to know to make sure your smoke detectors are working properly? Haramis Electric can fill you in.
Types of Smoke Detectors
There are a variety of smoke detector brands, but they all fall under a few categories you should know about. Ionization alarms responds faster to sudden, fast moving fires. Photoelectric alarms are better for detecting smoky fires that take longer to build up, such as an electrical fire within your home’s walls. It’s recommended to install both types of smoke detectors or a dual sensor alarm to get the advantages of both.
Where Should I Put My Smoke Detectors?
The National Fire Protection Association recommends to place at least one smoke detector on every level of your home, including attics and basements, in bedrooms, and in the hallways outside of sleeping areas. Remember that failing to cover your entire home leaves you vulnerable to sudden fire hazards.
What is the Life Expectancy of My Smoke Detector?
You should replace the batteries in your smoke alarm regularly, and your smoke alarm may start chirping if the battery is getting low. In addition, you should replace your smoke alarm about every 10 years, after which the sensor may begin to lose sensitivity. To test your smoke alarm you can buy a can of aerosol smoke alarm test spray that will simulate smoke.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless and tasteless gas that can be fatal when inhaled. Carbon monoxide can come from any number of malfunctioning or improperly installed fuel-burning appliances. Every home should have at least one carbon monoxide detector, but more are recommended in conjunction with the number of fuel-burning appliances you own. Installing carbon monoxide detectors will help safeguard you against a deadly residential hazard.
Install Smoke Detectors Easily with Haramis Electric
Are your smoke or carbon monoxide detectors in working order? Need to install new smoke alarms? Haramis Electric can help you get the job done. Haramis Electric is an Anne Arundel County-based electrical contracting company. We offer both residential and commercial services for clients throughout Maryland. Haramis Electric provides incomparable service that will give you the electrical work you need without pushing you over your budget. Request a free estimate online or by calling 410-451-0200.