Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors
Maintaining your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors are two of the easiest things you can do to ensure your safety at home. Remembering to change the batteries and test them regularly are easy habits to put off, but put safety first and make them part of your regular home maintenance routine, along with changing your air filters and scheduling an annual electrical inspection.
Smoke Detector Installation
The U.S. Fire Association (USFA) reports that fires cause an average of 3,040 deaths and 14,960 injuries per year in the U.S.
Today, most state and local laws require that smoke detectors be installed anyplace there is human habitation. These laws require that smoke detectors be near every bedroom in the house and in some cases, they must be present in stairways, halls, and garages. In addition, new construction laws require that smoke detectors be hooked up to the electrical wiring, be interconnected, and have a battery backup system in place.
The National Fire Protection Association highly recommends replacing your smoke detectors every ten years because as the systems age, the electrical components become less reliable.