Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Maintenance Checklist

smoke detector safety tips

Mark this date on your calendars Sunday November 1st . This is the end of Daylight Savings Time for 2020. At Handyman Connection of Kelowna we would like to talk to you about how to protect yourself, family and your home. We urge all homeowners to read on to find some helpful ideas on how.

Here’s a few tips we have put together to help you stay safe. If your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are not working properly call us at Handyman Connection of Kelowna as soon as possible. We want to help you stay safe.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Maintenance Checklist

When your units are installed (either battery or hard-wired) they come with manufacturers instructions. Follow these instructions to maintain the well working of your unit. If you do not these instructions, they can be obtained on the manufacture’s website.

Do monthly testing to ensure the units are working properly. Use the test button. This should of course make the alarm go off letting you know the sounder is working.

If your smoker detector is operated by batteries, you should know that some detectors come with a 10 year battery that is not replaceable. When this battery dies the unit must be replaced.

Every six months check batteries and replace batteries once per year. If your unit starts to chirp, warning the battery is low replace the battery it right away. In the case of the 10 year battery, replace the unit. Never just disable any unit.

When you are doing your six month battery test it’s a good idea to go over the family fire escape plan and make sure it still works as well.

While doing all the testing, make sure all family members know what is happening. Hearing an alarm is a very scary thing.

To keep the sensors working, keep them clear of dust. You can do this by vacuuming or blowing them out. And Never paint over smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Carbon monoxide detectors usually wear out in 5-7 years. Check the manufactures instructions to verify your unit expiry date if it not on your unit. If you have had the unit for 7 years replace it.

Smoke detectors usually last 10 years. Most detectors have an expiry date. If it’s 10 or older you need to replace the unit.

Staying Safe With Us at Handyman Connection of Kelowna

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have to be installed correctly – your family’s lives depend on it. If you need electrical expertise, call us and we will deliver quality workmanship that’s guaranteed in writing.

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