Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms save lives!

Smoke detectors are the most important safety feature in your home. A smoke detector that is working properly can increase your family’s chances of surviving a house fire. In many cases, homes have smoke detectors or smoke alarms, but they are not working properly or do not have batteries. Another problem is the detectors being put in the wrong places. An improperly placed smoke detector is just as dangerous as one that isn’t working at all.

Smoke alarms, when properly installed, tested and maintained, provide the best early warning system in the event of a house fire. Detection and warning of smoke and fire saves lives and reduces damage to homes and personal belongings.

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
People who die in home fires, often die from breathing in smoke and toxic gases emitted from fire. These poisonous gases can render a person confused, disoriented or even unconscious after only a few short breaths. Toxic effects may overcome residents before they have time to escape or even wake up from sleeping.

A smoke alarm combines smoke detection and alarm sounding in one unit.

Smoke Detector Installation

You can install battery-powered smoke detectors yourself. Just make sure you place them in effective locations. If you are opting for the detectors that are wired directly into your home’s main power, it is best to have the installation completed by a certified electrician.
What you should know:

Test smoke alarms once a month by pressing the alarm’s test button and replace the batteries of each smoke alarm once a year.

Replace smoke alarms after 10 years. Or, if you discover a smoke alarm is defective or broken after testing, replace it.

Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, including the basement, and ensure there is a smoke alarm in or near every sleeping area.

There are several types of smoke alarms and detectors. Alarms using ionization technology are best suited for detecting fast-flaming fires. Alarms using photoelectric technology are best suited for detecting slow, smouldering fires.

For the best protection, installing both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or combination ionization/photoelectric alarms (also known as dual sensor alarms) is recommended.

What is a hard wired smoke alarm?

A hard wired smoke alarm, usually paired with a CO detector, are tied into your home or apartment’s wiring. These types of alarms usually require the help of an electrical professional.

Modern hard-wired smoke detectors don’t have wires in the back that need to be connected to loose wires in the ceiling. Most hard-wired smoke detectors have a connection from the electrical wires to the smoke detectors that engages and disengages. It’s like a plug. This connection makes it simple to replace bad or old smoke detectors with new ones.

If your smoke detector is tied into your alarm system, you might see if your alarm company has someone who can inspect and replace the smoke detectors that are failing. You might also be able to obtain replacement smoke detectors from the manufacturer if yours have failed. If they are under warranty, contact the manufacturer and see if it will send you new ones.

When purchasing a smoke alarm, look for a product that has been manufactured and tested to an acceptable standard, indicated by a marking for the Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC), or Underwriters

If you are having a hard time deciding which smoke detector you need for your home, give us a call and we can recommend the best one for your situation.

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