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Smoke Alarms and CO Detectors Save Lives, So Keep Them Working for You

  • November 12, 2013

We all know smoke alarms and CO detectors are an important part of maintaining a safe household, but are you sure your devices are receiving the proper maintenance? Making sure your detectors are working to keep your indoor environment as safe as possible is imperative, so here’s how to keep them running efficiently:

Smoke Alarms

Surprisingly, smoke alarms are one of the most commonly ignored devices in a household when it comes to routine maintenance. Smoke alarms should be checked regularly to make sure they’re working properly.

Here are a few tips for ensuring your smoke alarms are keeping you safe:

  • Smoke alarms should be checked monthly, at the very least, by pressing the “test” button.
  • Be sure to replace the batteries of your smoke alarm every six months. A good recommendation is to update them June 1 and Dec. 1 of every year.
  • Replace your smoke detector every 10 years.
  • Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide poisoning is virtually impossible to detect without the proper devices, so make sure your home is equipped with a CO detector. Many victims of carbon monoxide poisoning don’t even realize they’re being poisoned, since the symptoms can mimic the flu.

To ensure that you’re not being silently incapacitate or worse, install a CO detector on each level of your home, with special importance placed on installing one near each sleeping area. Also make sure you do the following:

  • Replace your CO detectors every five years.
  • Check the batteries of your CO detector at least twice a year.
  • Keep your CO detectors elevated, on a ceiling or high on a wall.

Maintaining your smoke alarms and CO detectors is crucial. If you have any questions about smoke alarms, CO detectors or any other home safety issues, please contact the pros at Comfort Services, Inc. We provide quality services to Moore County homeowners.