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The importance of checking that your Smoke Alarm works

Having working smoke detectors is one responsibility that you can’t afford to ignore because the consequences of doing so can be catastrophic. It’s really easy to have your smoke detectors tested, you might even be able to do it yourself in a matter of minutes.

Smoke detectors are one of the most important piece’s of safety equipment that you have in your home (along with safety switches). However sadly each year people still die in house fires. They die because their smoke detectors didn’t go off due to flat batteries or they have removed the batteries because the alarm kept giving a false alarm. Some people many have even removed their alarms and intended to have them replaced and forgot.

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Testing your smoke detectors

Press the test button and the alarm should sound emphatically. If it’s a battery powered alarm and it has a weak signal or it doesn’t sound at all, change the battery and retest. If it’s a hardwired unit and it doesn’t work then contact your electrician immediately. Hardwired smoke alarm installation should be carried out by a licensed residential electrician.

If your smoke detector works, make a record of when it was tested and schedule to do it again in a month or so, especially if it’s a battery operated unit. You can’t be guaranteed that your alarm will provide you with a persistent beeping when it’s on the way out.

There should be a ‘replace by’ sticker on the smoke alarm. It might be on the outside or sometimes they are located on the inside of the door. Check the date to see when it should be replaced. It’s important, the maximum life for a smoke detector is 10 years. If there is no sticker or legible date, then replace your smoke detector or book in with your electrician to have it replaced.

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Smoke alarms installation
  • Batehaven
  • Batemans Bay
  • Broulee
  • Catalina
  • Denhams Beach
  • Guerilla Bay
  • Lilli Pilli
  • Long Beach
  • Maloneys Beach
  • Malua Bay
  • Mossy Point
  • Nelligen
  • Rosedale
  • Sunshine Bay
  • Surf Beach
  • Surfside

Our Electricians service the above areas

For smoke alarm maintenance in Batemans Bay, contact South Coast Electrical Solutions