If you haven’t done it already, now is a great time to take a wander around your home and ensure that your smoke detectors are still up and running. While each smoke detector is different, for the most part there will be a button on each unit that when pressed will sound the alarm. Do this for each detector to ensure that the batteries are still working.
While doing this, you can take an extra step and see how effective your smoke alarms are. While testing each smoke detector, get another person in the household to stand in a different room. This will ensure that the alarm is working and that it’s audible in different areas of your home.
Similarly, your carbon monoxide (CO) detector warns you of the presence of this colourless, odorless and very poisonous gas in your home. CO typically originates from a blocked chimney or an improperly burning gas heater, so beyond testing the device itself it’s recommended that you check all possible sources of CO. It’s also worth noting that your CO detectors should be in proximity to possible sources of the gas.
It’s a good idea to check these alarms at least twice per year. If any of your detectors are not working then replace the batteries and test them again. If they are still unresponsive, then replacing the detector should be your next step. In addition, you should be replacing your detectors every five to six years, so try to keep a record of how old your detectors are. You never know when you’ll need them to perform, so take some time to make sure all CO and smoke detectors are working.
If you have any question or concerns, regarding your different detectors feel free to give us a call.