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Aging in Place  /  November 1, 2020

Maintaining Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Daylight Savings Time ends on November 1, 2020 – This is the perfect time for families to check their Smoke and Carbon Detectors performance. At Handyman Connection of Red Deer we care about your safety and encourage all homeowners to perform the steps below.

At Handyman Connection of Red Deer we offer the installation of both types of appliances, and can also add hard-wired smoke detectors to your home. If your home does not have carbon monoxide and smokes detectors call as soon as possible.

The How to Steps on:

Maintaining Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

  1. Manufactures Instructions: Follow the manufactures instructions to keep the alarms working properly. These instructions come with your unit or can be found on the manufacture’s website.
  2. Testing: Test your smoke alarms monthly. Use the test button. This will ensure that the battery and sounder are functioning properly. (Make sure your family knows it’s a test.)
  3. Batteries: If your smoke alarms use batteries, test your batteries every 6 months and change them once per year. If your alarm starts to chirp it’s usually an indication that the battery is low. Replace it right away as you do not want a disabled smoke alarm.
  4. Smoke Alarms may Differ: Some smoke alarms have a 10 year battery that is not replaceable. If this unit starts chirping it needs to be replaced right away.
  5. Family Planning: While doing your testing always make sure the family knows what is happening as alarms are scary. When doing the six month test it’s a good time to have all the family members together and go through your fire escape plan.
  6. The Life Span of Smoke Alarms: The average smoke detector has a life span of 10 years and should be replaced.
  7. The Life Span of Carbon Monoxide Detectors: The average life span of these units is 5-7 years. The expiration date may be on the unit if not change after 7 years.
  8. General Housekeeping: You can make sure the sensors are clear by regularly vacuuming or blowing out the dust.
  9. Never Do:  Never, never paint over the smoke or carbon monoxide detectors.

Stay Safe With Handyman Connection of Red Deer

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have to be installed correctly – your family’s lives depend on it. If you need electrical expertise. We can Help. We’ll deliver quality workmanship that’s guaranteed in writing.

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