Smoke Detectors

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Are Your Smoke Detectors Working?

Don’t underestimate the value of a smoke detector. When it comes to a house fire, your life may depend on it. You only have minutes to escape a house fire. It is a known fact that working smoke alarms save lives. More than 2,200 people die each year because of unintentional home fires. Almost two-thirds of these fire deaths occur in homes with smoke alarms that don’t work or don’t have any smoke detectors installed in their home. A smoke alarm’s warning can cut the risk of dying from a fire in your home by almost half.

A Smoke Detector Can Save Your Life.

Safety Tips for Smoke Alarms:

        • It is recommended that smoke alarms are installed on every level of your home, outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms.
        • Test all smoke alarms in your house once a month.
        • Replace smoke alarm batteries at least annually, such as when resetting clocks in the fall or spring.
        • Do not place a smoke alarm too close to a kitchen appliance or fireplace, as this may result in nuisance alarms.
        • Never leave cooking equipment unattended.
        • Avoid locating alarms near bathrooms, heating appliances, windows, or ceiling fans.
        • Have a professional inspect your electrical wiring, fuse box, heating, cooling, and wired appliances annually.
        • Replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old. Smoke alarms don’t last forever.
        • Inspect electrical cords for signs of wear, cracks, or age, and keep lighting away from combustibles.
        • Develop and practice a fire escape plan, because working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan will increase your protection in case of a fire.

Depending on your home, smoke alarms can be powered in one of several ways.

        • House wiring
        • House wiring with battery back-up
        • Replaceable batteries, such as 9 volts
        • Sealed long life batteries; smoke alarms are disposed of after 10 years.

Interconnected smoke alarms may offer quicker escape time and improved audibility.

        • Hard-wired interconnected smoke alarms can be found in most homes built after 1989.
        • Wireless interconnected smoke alarms are an alternative for older homes using single-station smoke alarms.

Don’t put yourself, your family, and your home at risk. Amps & Volts Electric have experienced, licensed electricians that will check and install your smoke detectors.

Keep your family safe!
Call the reliable, affordable, and experienced
electrical experts today.

Amps & Volts Electric, Inc.
755 W Chicago St., 
Valparaiso, IN 46385
(219) 364-6766

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