9 Tips for Maintaining Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detection

The safety of your home depends on smoke and carbon monoxide detection

Smoke and carbon monoxide detection is an essential feature in any home, and you need to make sure yours is working up to par. After all, the risk of neglecting your detectors is far too costly. With 3,000 home fire fatalities and 500 deaths via carbon monoxide poisoning reported each year by the National Fire Protection Association, your smoke and carbon monoxide detection devices will keep you and your family away from grave danger. But not staying on top of maintaining them may turn your home into a giant safety hazard. Without a working smoke detector, residential fires can quickly spread if not tended to immediately, which also poses a threat to surrounding homes in your neighborhood. In addition, without checking on your carbon monoxide detector and replacing batteries at proper times, gasses will permeate throughout your home, putting you and your family in danger. While you may think your detection is currently working well, you cannot make assumptions. Take a proactive stance and ensure your detection remains issue free this fall.

How Can Wave Electric Co. Help You?

Fortunately, with help from Wave Electric Co., you can expect your home to remain safe and sound this fall. We can ensure even the smallest problems with your smoke and carbon monoxide detection are eliminated in quick fashion. Our electricians will help educate you on what to notice if you suspect your smoke detector is malfunctioning and what to do when batteries need to be changed. We can also let you know the signs to pick up on when you suspect you have a carbon monoxide leak in your home. We are also willing to make any installation, repair, replacement, or electrical system maintenance checks to ensure your home is 100% safe this fall. It will be tough relaxing in your home knowing you have detectors not alerting you of a problem, so don’t pass up the chance to change your fortunes for the better.

How Can You Maintain Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detection?

In addition to help from Wave Electric Co., please take note of these 9 maintenance tips to ensure your detectors continue to work at their best:

  1. Consider Battery Back-Ups: In the event your detector’s batteries die out unexpectedly, you should hard wire detectors with a battery-backup. This will provide emergency backup power so your detectors will be able to pull through and continue to alert you of a problem.
  2. Invest in “End of Life” Sensors: Many smoke and carbon monoxide detectors today come equipped with a sensor alarming you that the time for replacement is near. This feature will let you know if replacement or repair will be necessary, proving a helpful reminder for you to stay on top of your safety needs.
  3. Use Lithium Batteries: Lithium batteries are the longest lasting and most efficient detector batteries. They have a lifespan up to 10 years. You will also worry far less about your smoke and carbon monoxide detector malfunctioning out of nowhere.
  4. Replace Older Detectors: Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors may last you a long time, but they won’t last forever. To ensure the best performance, smoke detectors need to be replaced every 10 years and carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every 5 to 7 years.
  5. Keep the Manufacturer’s Guide: Always keep the manufacturer’s guide handy, as it may prove your most reliable source of information. The guide may provide information on battery replacements and what to do if the detector begins to malfunction.
  6. Cook with Caution: Cooking is the number-one cause of home fires and injuries, often due to small mistakes that will lead into far worse problems. This will only require you to follow a few simple rules: do not use a barbecue grill inside of your garage, do not use a charcoal style grill indoors, and most importantly, you absolutely should not heat your home with your oven.
  7. Do Not Run Generators Indoors: This may seem obvious, but you will be surprised by how many homeowners will try to get away with running a generator in their home. This is a bad idea, as generators run the risk of leaking smoke and carbon monoxide. Even if your detectors work well, a gas leak or fire from the generator can spread quickly indoors.
  8. Electrochemical Sensors: Make sure detectors are equipped with an electrochemical sensor, which will allow your detector to work through any humidity or sudden temperature changes. If you live in a temperate climate, this is a must-have,
  9. Call Wave Electric Co. for Annual Maintenance: Calling us for electrical maintenance will save you tons of stress and spending this fall. Our electricians will give your detectors a close inspection and fix any issues we come across. Our work single-handedly extends the lifespan of your detectors to ensure you remain safe and secure in your home.

Keep Your Family Out Of Harms Way – Schedule A Service To Install Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Detection Devices Today

Contact Wave Electric Co. today if you want to learn more on how to improve home safety this fall thanks to smoke and carbon monoxide detection!

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