Brennan Electrical Contractors is celebrating it by providing a series of safety tips that homeowners should know. This is the fourth of six releases with helpful information, and it discusses an important topic: what homeowners need to know about smoke detectors.
Whether someone is renting or owns their own residence, among the first things that should be done before moving into it is installing smoke detectors. “Smoke is responsible for three out of four fire-related deaths,” Mike Brennan, owner of Brennan Electrical Contractors, said.
Follow these basic tips when installing and maintaining your smoke detectors:
- Install smoke detectors on every level of the home and outside of sleeping areas.
- If a person sleeps with the bedroom door shut, a smoke detector should be in that room too.
- Check the instructions for proper placement.
- Test every detector at least once a month. (See your instruction book for the location of the test button.) If you can’t do it, ask someone to do it for you.
- Keep smoke detectors dust-free.
- Replace batteries with new ones at least once a year, sooner if the detector is making a chirping sound. (To make it easier to remember, some people replace their batteries when they change their clocks for daylight savings time.)
- If you have a friend or neighbor who is hard of hearing and may not hear the chirping, please do a periodic check for him or her. (Inexpensive smoke detectors are available for the hearing impaired.)
- It’s recommended that smoke detectors be replaced at least every 10 years … sooner if they stop operating properly.
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Source: Brennan Electrical Contractors