Sunday, November 2, 2014 With that extra hour of sleep you should be energized to check your smoke detector battery or even change it.
Smoke detectors are essential in saving your life in case of a fire. Why not check them to make sure they are operating correctly. Most have a test button and they should be pressed once a month to make sure they are operating correctly. Go ahead and check them now we’ll wait….. Well, what are you waiting for?…… Are all of them working?
If you have an older home you may just have battery operated smoke detectors that use 9 volt batteries (the square batteries). Newer homes built around the 1980’s were required to have electrically operated, or hardwired, detectors. Then, in the 1990’s it was required that they be “linked” together so that when one sounds all of the other detectors in the home would do so as well. Most hardwired detectors will also have a battery back up in case of a power outage. Older hardwired detectors also use 9 volt batteries as the back up. Newer detectors, hardwired or stand alone, will use lithium ion which last much longer than it’s alkaline predecessors.
If you have smoke detectors that use 9 volt batteries, as it’s primary or back up power supply, now is the time to put fresh ones in. If you have lithium ion detectors you should be okay for about 10 years BUT you need to check it for operation. It is also advised to clean the detector of dust and other particles that may have accumulated on it. While you have your detector down cleaning it, check the manufacture date. If it was manufactured more than 10 years ago it is recommended to replace it. Even hardwired and lithium ion powered need to be replaced after 10 years.
If you have any questions or need help with your smoke detectors, Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at the fire house 812-923-8003.