How To Maintain Your Smoke Alarm

Learn how to keep your smoke alarm in top condition. Here are some useful tips you should follow!

Smoke alarms are one of the most valuable fire safety tools on the market today, having saved countless lives from residential fires. There are many causes of home fire-related deaths from electrical fires and unattended cooking to candles and the ignition of upholstered furniture. However, many of these are preventable with the presence of functioning smoke alarms.

Australian legislation requires all Queensland properties to have photoelectric smoke alarms. While they are a great way to protect your home, they require testing, cleaning and maintenance to ensure they remain working optimally and are able to alert you at the presence of a fire.

Unfortunately, for many homes, this is not the case. In this post, we will discuss the importance of smoke alarm maintenance and tips to keep it in top shape.

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How Do Smoke Alarms Work?

Fires can be dangerous and unpredictable, so it’s important to protect your home with the best smoke alarms. Photoelectric smoke alarms are one of the most popular types of smoke alarms as they are smarter and quicker at detecting smouldering fires and smoke.

A smoke alarm is designed to detect smoke, heat or fire and let off an alert signal when detected. These alarms work by using a photoelectric sensor and a light source to shine a straight, undetectable beam of light that is scattered when in the presence of smoke particles. This scattered light is detected by the photosensor and the smoke alarm begins to sound.

Additional benefits include:

  • Keep you, your family and pets safer
  • Decreased risk of fire damage
  • Round-the-clock monitoring
  • All alarms go off when smoke is detected

Maintaining Your Smoke Alarm

You can’t afford to ignore the warning signs when your smoke alarms are sounding. However, Only functional smoke alarms can offer the crucial early warning required to save lives. But, the question remains, how do we ensure they provide the necessary early warning in the event of fires? Regular maintenance.

Spot Cleaning

Smoke alarms are sensitive. Smoke alarms will accumulate dust, dander and other small debris that can affect its ability to detect smoke. Similarly, this build up can increase the risk of malfunction and false alarms that are as dangerous as they are alarming.

As such it is regular spot cleaning and dusting is highly recommended. This can be done by using a vacuum or a rag to clear away any dust and cobweb build-up.

Replace Batteries

While smoke alarms will beep and chirp when their batteries are running low, it is often recommended to replace batteries before this happens. Even if they are still functional, it is recommended to replace smoke alarm batteries yearly to ensure a fully-working device.

Replace Outdated Alarms

Your home is a place where you should feel safe and secure. While smoke alarms play a large role in this, they do not last forever! Old or outdated smoke alarms are at risk of failing more frequently than newer ones. As such, it is recommended that these be changed and replaced every 10 years.

Professional Smoke Alarm Testing

For a smoke alarm to be considered 100% effective, it is essential that these systems be tested on a regular basis. In addition to spot testing, professional smoke alarm testing should be conducted yearly. These qualified technicians have the equipment and skills to effectively and reliably test your smoke alarms for any problems or defects that would otherwise go undetected.

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Stay Protected With Maintag

There is no denying that smoke alarms save lives and properly installed and maintained smoke alarms are the best, most cost-effective means of providing early detection and warning of a potentially deadly fire.

As qualified technicians, the Maintag team can expertly maintain and test your home’s smoke alarms to ensure they are working 24 hours a day, 7 days week. Providing you with experienced full-system inspection and testing as well as superior customer service, we’ll make sure that these critical safety devices continue operating in peak condition without any issues whatsoever! Get in touch today, and ensure your property is compliant.