Smoke alarm maintenance (and smoke detector) is a very simple task and should be performed in addition to weekly testing and yearly battery replacement (some manufacturers might suggest to replace the battery twice a year) – put it on your house maintenance priority list!
* Before you start any smoke alarm maintenance, check its age – if the alarm is more than 10 years old, replace it immediately because its sensor response could be delayed, or it might not even respond at all.
Periodical smoke alarm maintenance involves cleaning dust, dirt, and any debris that might have accumulated in small openings and screens covering its sensors.
Carbon monoxide alarm maintenance doesn’t require any special skills from you. However, just like the smoke alarm maintenance it is something that should become a routine for you. Those few minutes dedicated to CO alarm maintenance and testing might be a difference between life and death.
Between 1999 and 2004, Carbon Monoxide poisoning contributed to 16,447 deaths in the United States… just a few minutes of your time.
All of the house safety maintenance checklist items listed below are extremely important for household members, especially for children. While performing home inspections I’ve noticed that many home owners, parents of small children, are simply not aware about the critical safety issues in their homes. They don’t realize that sometimes things need to be updated / replaced to perform as required, and to provide protection.
Before I explain recommended CO alarm locations and show you where to install Carbon Monoxide alarm in your home, let me list a few areas where CO alarms are not required.
Where to install a smoke alarm detector and its positioning are as important as having this life saving device installed at all. Remember that placing a smoke detector in a wrong location might delay its response to smoke or even prevent it from sounding an alarm at all.
This article contains video showing the basics of a smoke alarm installation and article explains 3 important subjects associated with smoke alarms installation:
Where to install smoke alarm detector in a brand new home
Where to install smoke alarm detector in an existing home
Locations to avoid smoke alarm detector installation
Included pictures / diagrams show in detail positioning of the smoke detectors on wall and ceiling surfaces.
Don’t get left behind when there’s a fire in your home, learn where to install smoke alarm detectors, purchase new devices if necessary and examine the existing ones.
Requirements for the smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors / alarms installation in the city of Chicago are slightly different than those from NEC (National Electrical Code). So if you’re moving from the Chicago suburbs or other states into the Windy City you’re actually going to need LESS smoke, fire and Carbon Monoxide protection.
So let’s continue your Chicago condo inspection and check for smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors.
Pushing test button on smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors may only confirm that unit is mechanically functional and it has power. This test does not guarantee proper response to smoke, flame and / or CO presence.
Smoke detector is a very inexpensive and extremely important type of a life saving device, but one of those we tend to forget about, or sometimes disconnect when they start chirping / calling for a new battery. Smoke detectors began their journey into our lives in 1890 (as a fire alarm), and evolved into residential, commercially available alarms in United States type between 1969 and 1971… for $125.00 a piece. During the next few years, technology advanced significantly making smoke detectors much cheaper and available basically for everyone (Smoke alarm history at Wikipedia).
- ionization smoke detector responds to invisible by-products [...]