A smoke detector is a must have gadget for homes and other commercial buildings. Even in states that do not require homeowners to have at least one smoke alarm per home, this device is still an essential gadget that can alert people of a fire. The presence of properly installed and working smoke alarms can help home occupants evacuate a building and contact fire departments to contain the fire when the alarm goes off.
Get the Best Smoke Detector
Like other products, the market is full of all types of smoke detectors; some function faster and more efficiently than others. Purchase and install photoelectric smoke detectors in your home as they detect smoke and go off faster than other alarms. It is also important to install wireless smoke detectors that can go off simultaneously, thereby alerting everyone in a home building regardless of where she/ he is located.
Install the Alarm Properly
Manufacturers of smoke alarms issue their devices with installation instructions, and building owners must follow those installation instructions. However, just in case your alarm lacks an installation manual, building owners should install the alarms preferably on roofs or exposed walls, and never in hidden corners. Installing an alarm on an exposed surface makes it possible for the smoke to reach the detector fast, and go off to alert home occupants.
Check the Efficiency of Your Smoke Detector
Having a smoke alarm is useless if the device is dysfunctional. Verify the functionality of your alarm regularly to ensure its effectiveness. Dead batteries should be replaced with new/ charged ones, and loose/disconnected wires and broken alarm speakers should be repaired. Old smoke detectors (over five years old) should be entirely replaced.
A smoke detector can help people save lives and minimize property damage in the event of a fire. Of course, a fully functional smoke alarm is better off than a broken alarm or even an absent smoke alarm. Buying and installing the most appropriate smoke detector, and checking its efficiency can go a long way in saving a fire situation.