Smoke Alarms and CO Detectors

Working smoke alarms can be the difference between life and death in the event of a home fire. On average, 8 people die in a home fire each day in the U.S. – almost 3,000 people every year. While working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire nearly in half, roughly two-thirds of all home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, according to statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
 
Every year, over 200 people in the United States die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Several thousand more are treated in hospital emergency rooms for treatment for CO poisoning. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas that is created when common fuels such as natural gas, oil, wood or coal burn incompletely. This odorless, colorless, tasteless gas is often called the “silent killer” because it is virtually undetectable without the use of detection technology like a CO alarm.
 
Please call ARC Electric Company if you need to install or upgrade your Smoke Alarm and/or CO Detector – 704-821-7005!
 
We found some great Installation and Maintenance tips that we wanted to share from our friends over at Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI).
 
Smoke Alarm Installation Tips
* For the best protection, smoke alarms should be interconnected, so that they all sound if one sounds. Manufacturers are now producing battery operated alarms that are interconnected by wireless technology.
* Combination smoke alarms that include both ionization and photoelectric alarms offer the most comprehensive protection. An ionization alarm is more responsive to flames, while a photoelectric alarm is more responsive to a smoldering fire.
* Hardwired smoke alarms with battery backups are considered to be more reliable than those operated solely by batteries.
* Install smoke alarms at least 10 feet from cooking appliances to reduce the possibility of nuisance alarms.

 
Smoke Alarm Maintenance Tips
* Smoke alarms should be tested once a month by pressing the TEST button.
* Smoke alarm batteries should be replaced at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps” or “beeps” to indicate low batteries, they should be replaced immediately.
* Occasionally dust or lightly vacuum the exterior of the alarm to remove dust and cobwebs.
* Smoke alarms should be replaced at least every ten years.
* Never paint over a smoke alarm.