Working smoke detectors are a necessity in any household. They provide the ultimate protection for you and your family in the event of a fire, providing you with the warning you need to get your family out safely.
At MAGIC Electric + Plumbing, we’re here to assist with your smoke detector installation and repair needs in the Boise, ID area. From wiring new detectors to testing your existing ones, we’re here to help!
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Why Are Smoke Detectors Important?
Residential fires are more common than you might think. In the event of a fire, the smoke and toxic gases spread faster than the fire does. That is why smoke inhalation is more often the cause of death than the actual fire itself. A majority of deaths due to fire happen because the fire occurred during the night while people are asleep. If you have smoke alarms installed in the right place and they are all in working condition, you will have a better chance of hearing the alarm in your sleep and getting out in time.
Simply put, whether or not you have working smoke alarms is a matter of life and death. Smoke alarms are an extremely important part of any home for the safety of you and your loved ones.
Where Should You Install Your Smoke Detectors?
Where you install your smoke detectors is just as important (if not more so) than installing them in the first place. In order for these devices to work as intended, you have to be able to hear them when they go off. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a set of requirements to keep in mind before installing your smoke detectors.
The NFPA requires that as a minimum, a smoke alarm be installed inside every sleeping room, as well as outside every sleeping area of the home. Not only are smoke alarms important, but they are a requirement for every home. Generally, you’ll be able to choose from either a wire or battery-operated system. While wired units eliminate the need for battery replacement, in the event of a power outage, they may fail to operate properly. Battery-powered units are more effective, but also require routine upkeep. Working with an experienced electrician, like the pros at MAGIC Electric + Plumbing, is the best way to find the ideal system for your home.
Another way to ensure your home is as safe as possible is with a whole-home safety inspection. With our detailed inspections, we can find any potential issues and provide repair fast.
The Smoke Detector Testing and Repair Process
Testing a smoke detector is a rather simple task and can be done on your own. All it requires is you to press and hold the “test” button located on the base of the smoke detector. You should hear a loud beeping when the button is pressed. If the beep is low or doesn’t beep at all, then it could be time for a replacement.
Smoke detectors that are hard-wired into your home can last you up to ten years. That is one more reason to call us when you need a replacement. Something that only needs to be done once every decade is worth calling in an expert to make sure the job is done right, especially when it comes to the safety of you and your family. Believe in Magic! We are there for you night and day no matter the issue, and we will handle the job with care.