Smoke and Co detectors
Smoke & CO detectors are an essential part of home safety. As your first warning in the event of a fire, ensuring they are operating correctly is important.
It is recommended by local fire departments to test your Smoke & CO detectors twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. If your smoke detectors are battery operated, you would replace the battery at this time.
Building code requires a Smoke & CO detector to be placed on each floor and to be interconnected. As of January 2016 any new builds or new renovations will require a Smoke & CO detector to be placed in every bedroom as well as every floor and must be interconnected.
All smoke detectors expire after 10 years. Common problems after expiration are nuisance chirping, alarming off for no reason and of course not working during the event of the fire.
Every year the City of Calgary fire department promotes checking your smoke detectors and the number one priority in fire safety. To find out how old your smoke alarm is you will need to remove from its location and look for the manufacture date. Watch Sparky show you how to look for the manufactures date.
If the smoke detector is more than 10 years old or you cannot find the manufacture date, it is time to replace them with the new ones.
Due to most smoke detectors being hardwired in new homes, you may require an electrician to do the replacement. When replacing smoke detectors all detectors should be replaced at the same time. This will ensure that each smoke detector is compatible with each other and you are not getting any nuisance tripping or them being set off for no reason.
If you are looking for more information on this or other fire safety you can check out www.firepreventionweek.org.