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How Often Should I Change The Batteries In My Smoke Detectors?

Terrell McCall Photo By Terrell McCall on December 30, 2010

As winter sets in, barbecue parties are still a common sight that can be witnessed in Atlanta, Georgia. Along with a chilly breeze, the smell of grilled steaks and hot dogs is extremely appealing. In order to shut down the nuisance alarm that would be raised by the smoke detector, we often switch off the device or remove the batteries. In the process, we forget to replace the batteries once the party is over.

Aren't we preparing a potential recipe for disaster when we do this to the smoke detectors?

The National Fire Protect Association (NFPA) revealed that even though 90% of the homes in Atlanta boast of having at least one smoke detector, 2/3rd of all fire incidents are reported from these homes. One of the major reasons why they fail to raise an alarm is because the batteries are never replaced.

We have all grown up hearing the adage "an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure", but we very often choose to ignore it. A little bit of maintenance for our smoke detector could help us save our valuable belongings and the invaluable lives of our family members. Just hiring the electricians in Atlanta to install a smoke detector in your home is not enough. Regular maintenance and replacement of batteries is the key to make your home secure from fire hazards.

To make your home safer, it is essential that you test your smoke detectors once a month. The next logical question that would cloud your mind is: how often should I change the batteries in my smoke detectors?

  • NFPA makes it clear that you should "change the batteries whenever you change your clock". That means you should replace the batteries when the daylight savings begin and end.
  • The US Consumer Product Commission (USCPC) suggests that you should test this device every month by pressing the test button. If the alarm doesn't go off, first try to install a new battery.
  • A chirping sound every sixty seconds is an indicator that the batteries in your device are failing and should be replaced.
  • Modern smoke detectors come with lithium batteries with a 10 year warranty. You will need to continuously test them to see if the batteries need to be charged or replaced. You may need to replace the entire smoke detector after 8-10 years in such cases.

A smoke detector that is battery operated only is not enough. You should install devices that are 120 volts, wired into the electrical system with a battery back-up to ensure that you and your family are protected in case of a power failure. Contact an Atlanta Electrician for their expertise.

Terrell McCall Photo Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors every time the time changes and save precious lives. Click on Electrician Atlanta. A licensed electrician from McCall Enterprises can help you with your electrical needs. Check out Atlanta Electricians for more helpful information. Also, click on Electricians Atlanta

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