If the answer is “Yes!”, it might be time to replace your smoke detector. The life expectancy of smoke alarms is generally 8-10 years, after which point their sensors can begin to lose sensitivity.
Don’t be tricked into a false sense of security. Keep your home safe and your family protected by ensuring your smoke detectors are replaced before they expire.
KNOW HOW MANY UNITS YOUR HOUSE SHOULD HAVE
Unless your house was built recently, it’s likely that you may not have enough smoke detectors. Here are the guidelines published by the National Fire Prevention Association:
CHECK YOUR BATTERIES REGULARLY
You should test the batteries in your smoke detector monthly.
To test the battery in your smoke detector, press and hold the test button. After a few seconds, you should hear a loud, ear-piercing siren while the button is pressed. If the sound is weak or nonexistent, replace your batteries.
REPLACE EXPIRED SMOKE DETECTORS
“DON’T WAIT – CHECK THE DATE!”
Once you have ensured you have the right number of smoke detectors, you’ll need to replace them before they expire. Unless your house was built within the last decade, chances are one or more of your smoke detectors is expired.
- Remove the smoke alarm from the wall or ceiling.
- Look at the back of the alarm for the date of manufacture.
- Smoke alarms should be replaced 10 years from the date of manufacture.
- Put the alarm back on the ceiling or wall if it’s less than 10 years old.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE LIFE SPAN OF A SMOKE DETECTOR?
A smoke detector is built to last 8-10 years, and has an expiration date printed on the bottom. Check and make sure your unit is not expired – if it is expired, Synergy can help replace your unit.
HOW MANY SMOKE DETECTORS SHOULD I HAVE IN MY HOME?
Lexington municipal code states there should be a unit on the ceiling or wall outside of each bedroom, plus on every floor, including the basement.
CAN CIGARETTE SMOKE SET OFF A SMOKE DETECTOR?
The short answer is yes, it can, as can all types of smoke. Modern smoke detectors are more sensitive than older models because smoking indoors is prohibited in most public buildings today. However, reports of such incidents are rare.
WILL A SMOKE DETECTOR WORK IF IT IS NOT ATTACHED TO THE CEILING?
No, a smoke detector will not function properly if it is not correctly installed.