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Check Your Smoke Detectors

July 14, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Category: Electrical

Smoke detectors can definitely save lives. In fact, it is estimated that two-thirds of residential fires are the result of having no smoke alarm inside the home. When there is a fire, the smoke spreads quickly. In this case, only the smoke detector can provide the first line of defense. Below are some safety tips that will let you take full advantage of the benefits of smoke alarms:



As a safety precaution, all expired smoke detectors should be removed, disposed, and replaced with new ones. As per industry standards, manufacturers are also required to post the batch number (which includes the date of manufacture). Some makes even include the expiry date of the device. Once you have determined that you need to replace your smoke detector, it is important to dispose of the old unit properly.

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency recommend that ionization alarms in quantities of less than 10 can be considered domestic waste. However, if you have more than 10 alarms, this is considered to be radioactive waste. There are different local regulations regarding its disposal. On the other hand, if you chose photoelectric alarms, these devices can be disposed of as domestic waste regardless of quantity.

In replacing the old smoke alarms with new devices, getting the services of a qualified electrician is highly recommended. This will ensure that the alarms are properly installed and working. Once it is installed, ask the electrician for maintenance instructions. Taking the time to make sure your smoke alarms are properly installed and working can give you both safety and peace of mind.

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