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Everything You Need to Know about Smoke Alarms

Posted on April 20th, 2015 by Jupiter Tequesta

“Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.”

-U.S. Fire Administration

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This startling statistic helps shed light on just how important smoke alarms are. When smoke alarms are properly installed and cared for, they play a vital role in reducing fire-related death and injury.

It begs the question: Are your fire alarms working correctly? Below, we cover everything you need to know about smoke alarms:

Where should smoke alarms be installed?

You should have a smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area, and on every story of hour house.

How frequently should smoke alarms be tested?

Test your smoke alarms once a month to ensure they’re working properly.

What should I do when a smoke alarm goes off?

If your smoke alarm sounds, it’s important to get outdoors and stay out there until help arrives.

How often should smoke alarms be replaced?

Don’t keep a smoke alarm for more than 10 years.

What’s the difference between ionization smoke detection and photoelectric smoke detection?

According to the National Fire Protection Association, “Ionization smoke alarms are generally more responsive to flaming fires.” Photoelectric smoke alarms, on the other hand, “are generally more responsive to fires that begin with a long period of smoldering (called ‘smoldering fires’).”

At Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric, we offer a wide variety of services including the installation of smoke detectors. You’ll receive nothing but the best from our customer service team — from the very first phone call to the technician at your home. Call us at (561) 747-5740 to learn more!

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