Reasons for having a working smoke alarm

A well installed and working alarm can alert the household of a fire breakage anytime of the day. A working alarm will always be on the lookout for smoke or fire at all times hence keeping your family and property safe from any harm. Two thirds of fires at home occur in buildings with no fire alarms. If a fire breaks out your chances of surviving increases if you have a working alarm.

Types of smoke alarms available

Smoke alarms fall under two categories: Photoelectric and ionization. These two systems can detect different types of fires hence it is recommended that they should be both installed in a building where people sleep. One can also opt for dual sensor smoke alarms which have both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors. Special alarms are also available for people with hearing disabilities.

Smoke alarm


What powers a smoke alarm?

Smoke alarms are run by a battery or are hardwired in the electrical system. Smoke alarms that run on a battery have a disposable 9 volt battery or a non replaceable 10 year lithium battery. Batteries should be replaced once every year.

Are smoke alarms expensive?

Smoke alarms cost between $6 to $20 for ionization and photo electric alarms. Dual sensors range in between $24 to $40.

Install some alarms in your home

Smoke alarms should be installed at every level in the house in additional to the basement. Smoke alarms should be installed inside and outside of sleeping areas. A smoke detector should be installed at a good level since gases and smoke tends to always rise. Have a qualified technician install a hardwired smoke alarm in your home always.

Smoke alarm maintenance

Smoke alarms must be always maintained. A dead smoke alarm is the same as having no fire alarm at all. A smoke alarm will work if only it is well installed and maintained.

Smoke alarms powered by a 9 volt battery, so don’t forget about:

  • The alarm should be tested monthly
  • Replace the batteries once per year
  • Replace the entire smoke alarm every 8 to 10 years.
  • Test the alarm every month
  • Replace the system according to the manufacturer instructions.

 Hardwired smoke systems

  • Test the alarm once a month
  • Replace the backup battery once per year
  • Replace the system after every 8 to 10 years.

Never disable the alarm while cooking

A smoke alarms will always function as you carry along with your daily duties. If the alarm goes off while cooking or taking a shower you should:

  • Open a door or window and then press the hush button.
  • Clear the air with a towel
  • Move the entire alarm several feet’s from the alarm.

Never disable an alarm or remove the battery. State by state residential smoke alarm requirements. Very state has its own fire safety rules which must be adhered to on the installation and maintenance of alarms.These tips will assist you protect your family and the lives of fire fighters.