Are you moving into a new home? Whether that’s the case or it’s just been awhile since you’ve even thought about your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, now is the time to check them. At least, if you want to have a safe home!
The NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association) set forth guidelines stating that the typical three-bedroom, two-bathroom house with a basement and an attic should have at least nine smoke detectors and four CO detectors. But even if you have this recommended number in your home, it doesn’t mean much if they aren’t working!
Are You Using the Safest Smoke and CO Detectors Possible?
Are you using the safest smoke and CO detectors out there? When it comes to fire detection, it’s important to remember that a fire can reach its flashpoint (the point where it becomes so hot it can set furniture ablaze without even touching it) within mere minutes. And carbon monoxide can make you sick in a matter of minutes as well.
Consumer Reports lists ratings on their site to help you decide which detectors are the best, but we also urge you to ensure you hire a professionally trained electrician for the installation of such a system, such as any of the members of our team. Making sure you have the best that there is, in terms of smoke and CO detectors, is the first step in testing their safety.
Checking the Batteries
First off, we can’t continue without stating how essential it is that you have your smoke detectors hardwired into your home. Not only does this provide a backup should the batteries die sooner than expected, but it also means all your detectors will be interconnected. So if one goes off in one room, the rest of the household will be alerted.
But that being said, it’s never a bad idea to check the batteries. In fact, the NFPA recommends that you check the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors twice a year, or as often as the instructions in the owners’ manuals recommend. You can use any method to help you remember, but one good way to remember it is to check them every time daylight savings time ends and begins.
Look Into Home Automation
With home automation, there are numerous options for self-monitoring. This means that if your smoke detectors are triggered, for instance, the fire department can automatically be sent to your home. Time is of the essence when it comes to preventing fire damage or injury—which is why this feature is so vital.
Consider the Type of Smoke Alarm
There are two basic types of smoke alarms/detectors. One is the photoelectric smoke detector, best at detecting smoldering fires. The other is the ionization alarm, best at detecting fast, flaming fires. We can’t say that one is better than the other because depending on the area of your home, one may be more necessary than the other, but most homes need both.
So, it’s a good idea to consider combination detectors. We’re happy to help you make an educated decision about what type of smoke alarms are best for your home so that you will be as protected as you can be.