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    House fires may be destructive but they’re totally preventable! Surprisingly, it’s not the fire itself that causes damage, but the smoke when too much is inhaled. The most effective way to protect your household from smoke inhalation is with properly installed smoke detectors in your Twin Falls and Jerome, ID home. Call Magic Electric, Plumbing, Heating + Air today to get new and improved smoke detectors installed or replaced in your home.

    Carbon monoxide is a silent, and odorless gas that can easily go unnoticed. Call us today for carbon monoxide detector installation services.

    When was the last time you tested or replaced your smoke detectors? If you can’t remember, it’s been too long! Call Magic Electric, Plumbing, Heating + Air today!

    The Importance of Smoke Detectors

    Since the invention of smoke detectors in 1902, millions of households have been prepared for any chance of fire and have been able to avoid significant damages by being alerted at the first sign of smoke. These devices can sense when smoke levels are too high in the home and will trip an alarm to alert occupants right away.

    There are two types of smoke alarms most commonly used in homes today: Photoelectric detectors and ionization detectors:
    Photoelectric Detectors

    Photoelectric Detectors work similarly to the same mechanisms that trigger a sound when you enter a store. You may or may have not noticed that when you go into a store, a photo beam detector is being utilized. When you cross the beam of light, blocking it, the photodetector can sense the absence of light and trigger an alarm. This same tactic is used in photoelectric smoke detectors.

    Ionization Detectors

    Ionization Detectors are typically more responsive to flame-heavy fires. These units have a small amount of radioactive material between two electrically charged plates, ionizing the air to make the current flow between the two plates. When smoke enters the detector, the flow of ions is disrupted and the flow of the current is reduced, which then triggers the alarm.

    For the best protection, we recommend utilizing both of these smoke alarms in your home. Also, you’ll generally have to choose between battery-powered or wired smoke detectors. With a battery-powered unit, you have the flexibility of being able to replace batteries as needed, however, that can often go forgotten.

    With a wired unit, these detectors are connected directly to your power grid, so you won’t have to worry about remembering to replace batteries. If you experience a power outage, be aware they will not function.

    Where Smoke Detectors Should Be Installed

    Once you’ve decided to have smoke detectors installed in your home, now it’s time to figure out where to place them. It’s recommended that a smoke detector be installed on every level of your home, from the basement all the way up the attic. We also recommend installing smoke alarms outside bedroom doors, in hallways where most people would be able to hear them in case the alarm is triggered.

    Since smoke rises, it’s wise to install your detectors on the ceiling or as close to the ceiling as possible. It’s also a great idea to install your alarms to outline your fire escape route, in the case you lose visibility and have to rely on sound to escape to safety.

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    How Often Smoke Detectors Should Be Replaced/Tested

    After your smoke detectors are installed, you can test them by pressing a button on your alarm that says “TEST” to ensure the alarm is loud enough to wake a sleeping person. You should test your smoke alarms at least once a month and replace them every 10 years.

    You should never use rechargeable batteries in your smoke detector as these batteries need to be changed often and you never know when they will stop working.

    If your smoke alarm is wired instead of battery-powered, it’s important to ensure your wiring is up to code. Call us today for professional wiring repair and replacement services.

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    Call Today!

    Smoke detectors can alert you to smoke or a potential fire in your home which is why its always important to have them installed and at 100%. At Magic Electric, Plumbing, Heating + Air, we understand how frustrating it can be keeping up with every single smoke alarm in your home. That’s why we are here to provide routine smoke detector testing and replacement services to give you one less thing to worry about.

    Time to replace your smoke detectors? Call Magic Electric, Plumbing, Heating + Air today at 208-254-5514 for service in Twin Falls or Jerome, ID.