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6 Smoke Detector Safety Tips Your Family Needs To Know

Fires can cause devastation to your home, as well as putting your life, and the lives of those you love, in danger. Installing a good quality smoke detector is a solid first step towards protecting your family and your home from a fire, but proper maintenance and care is key if you want the detector to remain effective. Follow these tips to ensure that you’re protected at all times.

  1. Keep your smoke alarm turned on. Many people are tempted to switch their smoke detector off when they’re cooking in their kitchen, as the alarm sounding while you cook can be irritating. This is a dangerous habit – people often forget to reactivate the alarm, leaving them vulnerable later on. Keep your detector on at all times, and simply waft smoke away from the detector if cooking is interfering with the alarm.
  2. Test regularly. Simply installing your smoke detector isn’t enough – you need to make sure it’s working properly at all times. Set a regular date each month that you check the alarm to ensure that it’s operating properly, and change the batteries on a regular basis. Investing in long-life batteries can be a good way to keep your alarm running at all times without constantly having to change batteries.
  3. Clean the detector. Dust can collect in your smoke detector and prevent it from working properly, so clean dust away and re-test the alarm once a month. You can use a normal duster to clean the alarm, or vacuum over it.
  4. Replace old smoke detectors. After a certain amount of time, smoke detectors can become faulty. If you’ve had yours for ten years, it’s time to make a change. If you can’t remember how old your alarm is, replace it just in case. Better safe than sorry.
  5. Run drills. Fire drills aren’t just for schools and offices. It may feel silly, but this simple rehearsal could be life saving. Run fire drills with your family and teach your children about fire safety so that they’ll be prepared in an emergency. If the smoke alarm goes off, run through the drill as you normally would, even if it’s just a result of burned toast.

Install wisely. The installation spots you choose for your smoke detector are crucial. We’d recommend opting for detectors on every level of your home, including the basement. Getting the correct placement is key – be sure to ask the specialists at Perth Electrical and Fire for further advice before you begin your installation.

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