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5 Tips for Utilizing Smoke Alarms

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Test that the smoke alarm is working properly

5 Tips for Utilizing Smoke Alarms

Having a properly installed smoke alarm in your Bastrop,TX, home is an important home safety step for anyone. This tools can help warn you of smoke and fire in the home allowing you time to take appropriate action. Here are a few things you may want to know.

1. Replace Batteries Regularly

One of the first things to remember is to regularly check the batteries in your alarm unit. Most experts recommend replacing them one a year.

2. Have More Than One

The number of units in your home should reflect the size and shape of the house. Experts recommend placing a smoke detector both inside and outside each bedroom, and in areas for fire risk such as a kitchen.

3. Test Functionality

It’s also important to test that the smoke alarm is working properly. Many alarms have a test button that will allow you to temporarily hear the sound you can expect the unit to emit if everything is working properly. If the unit does not seem to be functioning you may want to check the batteries.

4. Know When to Replace Them

Units may vary in their lifespan but most last for about 10 years. If your smoke detector is older than that, or appears to be in poor repair you may want to get a new one.

5. Be Ready To Act

An alarm isn’t much use if you don’t know how to react when you hear it. Be sure to have an emergency plan in place and that everyone in your home knows what it is. Remember, a fire damage restoration service can repair your home, so ensure your family is safe first.
When it comes to maintaining a smoke alarm in your home it’s important to check the batteries regularly to insure functionality, replace the unit when needed, have enough for your home’s size, and know what to do when an alarm goes off. These tools can help buy the time you need to act safely if a fire does occur.

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