Tips for Proper Smoke Detector Installation and Maintenance

A home security system that includes properly installed and maintained smoke detectors can save lives and protect against injury and property loss due to fire.

Smoke is a deadly poison that can lead to harm or death in minutes. Most people already know that a working smoke detector in every room gives families more time to escape unharmed. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, the risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

But even still, the National Fire Protection Association also reports that three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke detectors.

Smoke Alarm Maintenance Facts and Tips

You may have smoke alarms already installed in your home, but are you doing everything you can to properly maintain them? Here are some surprising facts and easy things you can do stay on top of smoke detector maintenance.

  • Dead batteries caused 24 percent of smoke alarm failures. It’s important to test smoke detectors at least monthly and replace alkaline batteries at least once per year.
  • Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm. Half of all home fire deaths happen between 11 pm and 7 am when most people are asleep. Statistics show that one in three smoke detectors may not work! Most smoke alarm devices have a test button. If you aren’t are not sure how to test your unit, visit the manufacturer’s website.
  • As smoke alarm devices age, they can become ineffective. You should replace your smoke detector every 10 years. Not sure how old your alarm is? Simply check the back of your smoke alarm unit for the date of manufacture.

Make Fire Prevention a Family Affair

Everyone in the family can help practice smart fire safety. The U.S. Fire Administration (FEMA) created a Home Safety Checklist that you can print out and go through together. It covers all kinds of flame and fire safety, as well as fire escape planning.

The American Red Cross is an excellent resource for information on all types of emergency preparedness. Their Home Fire Campaign has set a goal of reducing deaths and injuries from home household fires by 25 percent by 2020 through the installation of free smoke alarms in homes that don’t have them, and educating people about home fire safety.

Bay Alarm has partnered with them to help meet that goal by going door-to-door to install smoke detectors in some of the most vulnerable communities.

Want to learn more about this free program and apply for installation? Or are you interested in volunteering? For more information, visit the America Red Cross website.

Consult an Expert in Fire Prevention

State law requires that you install smoke detectors in your single family home to protect against these elements.

Many people know Bay Alarm as experts in security alarm systems, but did you know that we are experts in fire prevention as well?

Bay Alarm can help you do it all — and monitor it to ensure your family’s safety. Click here to set up an appointment and get a free, custom quote.