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When Is the Last Time You Checked Your Smoke and CO Detectors?

smoke-carbon-monoxide-detector-checkedWhen you need electrical work done in your home, it’s essential that you only trust the job to a licensed and experienced electrical technician. Choosing to forgo this for an amateur or general handyman can leave you with damage to your home and can also put you at risk safety-wise.

This includes the installation of your Boston area smoke or carbon monoxide detector. You may be wondering what the big deal is about these systems at all—after all, once they’re put in they’re going to keep you and your family safe no matter what, right? We wish this were the case, but it’s imperative that you test these systems on a routine basis, especially if they only run on batteries. Keep reading to learn more.

The Dangers of CO Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide, or CO, is a byproduct of the fuel-burning process, which occurs when you operate your gas-powered heater and other appliances. In most cases, carbon monoxide safely and effectively vents to the outside of your home through a flue pipe, vent pipe, or chimney. However, something can go wrong to restrict this process.

Limiting your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning starts with ensuring that your gas-powered appliances are installed by a professional with the proper experience and training. Failure to do this can result in a safety hazard for you and your family.

Regardless of how professionally your heating system is installed, however, each month you should test your CO detectors—and smoke detectors, which we will discuss below—to ensure proper functionality, by holding down the test button. If your carbon monoxide detectors are battery-operated, or if they have a battery backup, then make sure you replace these batteries every 6 months. The CO detector itself should be replaced every 10 years.

Smoke Detectors Are There to Keep You Safe

It probably comes as no surprise to you when we say that smoke detectors are important! But, are you using yours as you should? Smoke detectors should be professionally installed on each floor of your home, in every bedroom, and outside every sleeping area.

Another major part of fire safety in the home is teaching your family about what to do in an emergency—where to evacuate, for example. And just as you would a carbon monoxide detector, you’ll need to test your smoke detectors on a monthly basis.

Reach Out to Our Team for Your CO and Smoke Detector Services

Whether you need to replace an aging CO detector or find yourself needing to install additional smoke detectors in your home, be sure to contact the qualified electricians on our team. We’ll ensure that your alarms are installed correctly and that they are functioning as they should be, for your safety and peace of mind.

Our highly trained electricians care about your safety and the safety of your family and home. As such, we take special care in installing both carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors. We’ll ensure that each of these systems are in the appropriate spots through your home—and adequately hard-wired into your electrical system should you choose to go that route (we recommend this)—so that you can rest assured that your home and family is protected.

To schedule your smoke and carbon monoxide detector installation or replacement, contact FB Electrical Services Inc.

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