Wednesday, April 24, 2019

4 Smoke Alarm Facts to Keep You Safe

Smoke alarms not only save lives, but could also save your property, possessions, and investments from severe fire damage. Unfortunately, most people don’t really understand how their smoke alarm works, the right kind to use for to protect their space, and how to maintain them properly.

Today we’ll be discussing the top four smoke alarm facts that can help keep your home and business a safer, better protected place. Keep reading and tweet us your favourite smoke alarm facts!

Smoke Alarm Facts

There are Different Types of Smoke Alarms

It’s important to remember that there are many different kinds of smoke alarms can be used to protect your building. The primary difference is whether you use a manual, or an automatic, smoke alarm.

Automatic alarms will go off once the detector senses heat or smoke in the area, while a manual smoke alarm will require you (or someone in nearby) pulls the lever to sound the alarm.

You MUST Test and Maintain Your Smoke Alarm

No matter what type of smoke alarm you buy, regular maintenance is an essential component of making sure your smoke alarm always works when you need it the most.

Luckily, maintaining your smoke alarm is easy: make sure they’re clean and clear of any dust buildup or debris, and test your alarms roughly once a month by pressing down on the ‘Test’ button for a few seconds to see if the alarm sounds. If it doesn’t, you may need to replace the batteries or call for an inspection.

In addition, make sure to book regularly scheduled maintenance with a qualified fire protection company to inspect, test, and keep a record of your smoke alarms and fire system.

Don’t Forget to Change the Batteries!

Many people think of smoke alarms as “set it and forget it” fire protection, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Since smoke alarms are battery operated it’s essential to test them regularly and to swap out the batteries with a fresh set at least once a year.

Even if you’ve never heard your smoke alarm go off, the batteries should be replaced anyway.

Interconnect Your Smoke Alarms

Interconnecting your smoke alarms means that if one goes off, all the rest should go off as well.

Interconnected smoke alarms will keep you safe by alerting you to an issue that may be happening in a part of the building you’re not currently in. This added level of security guarantees that you will hear the alarm in time to get out of the building before the fire has more time to spread.

Protect Your Building Today

Bison Fire Protection is a fire protection company servicing Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, and Regina. We install, inspect, and repair your fire protection systems and ensure that your building is properly protected and safe. Give us a call at 866-441-3473 today to schedule an appointment with a fire safety expert.

Posted by Rob Read at 10:48 AM


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