The change of seasons is a good time to assess home safety along with your other seasonal home maintenance tasks. Your safety check should include caring for your CO detectors and smoke alarms as these will only protect you if they are functioning properly.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen quickly because CO is invisible and has no odor. This is why it’s very important to have CO detectors in the home and to make sure they are operating correctly.
- Replace the battery twice a year or more often if necessary.
- Keep the detectors clean by wiping the housing with a dry dusting cloth.
- Replace non-functioning or malfunctioning units immediately.
- Replace detectors nearing the end of their lifespan – which is typically five years.
When you’re asleep or in area of the house away from a fire’s starting point, your smoke detector is vital for alerting you quickly to the danger. In a fire emergency, this early warning can easily mean the difference between life and death.
- Make sure each smoke alarm is working by pressing the test button. The U.S. Fire Administration advises doing this monthly for any type of smoke detector.
- The USFA also recommends replacing batteries in 9-volt powered detectors once a year as well as replacing back-up batteries in hardwired alarms once a year.
- Replace any malfunctioning smoke alarm immediately.
- Replace smoke alarms nearing the end of their lifespan. Most last around 10 years, but you should double check this for your alarm brand and model. If you do not have your alarm’s original manual, or it does not supply information regarding the detector’s lifespan, contact the manufacturing company.
- Keep smoke alarms clean by wiping them with a dry dusting cloth or gently vacuuming the housing.
For more information about CO detectors and smoke alarms or other issues related to safety and home comfort, please contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We serve customers in Grand Traverse County and the surrounding area.
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