Smoke Alarms – Are Yours Still Working?

How Long Does a Smoke Alarm Last?

Most alarms installed today have a life span of about 8-10 years. After this time, the entire unit should be replaced. It is a good idea to write the date of purchase with a marker on the inside of your alarm so you will know when to replace it. 

Regardless of how old your alarms are, you should test them periodically.  This can be done by either pressing the “test” button or by placing something that smokes, such as a candle or incense, near the alarm.

Are Smoke Alarms Hard to Install?

If your smoke alarms are hard-wired, that is wired into the electrical system, you will need to have a qualified electrician do the initial installation or install replacements.   For battery-powered smoke alarms, all you will need for installation is a screwdriver.  Some brands are self-adhesive and will easily stick to the wall or ceiling where they are placed.

For all smoke alarm installations, be sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions because there are differences between the various brands.  If you are uncomfortable standing on a ladder, ask a relative or friend for help.  Also, some fire departments will install a smoke alarm in your home for you.  

If you have questions about smoke alarms or their installation, give us a call at (317) 659-6899.   We’ll be glad to advise you.  If you want more detailed information about smoke alarms, you can get it on this web page provided by the US Fire Administration.

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