You will know whether your alarms are operational when you test your batteries regularly. Poorly placed or spent batteries will not alert occupants if a fire breaks out.
Press the ‘Test’ button on your smoke alarm to test the batteries. If it emits a loud, piercing sound, the batteries are working.
If false alarms are becoming a regular nuisance or your smoke alarm performs poorly, it is probably due to dust accumulation. Dust particles obstruct the passage of smoke to the sensor.
Gently vacuum your smoke alarm with a soft, dry brush. Avoid cleaning it with liquids because you might get an electric shock. Do not use abrasive materials either because they can damage delicate components in the alarm.
The life expectancy of a smoke alarm’s battery varies by manufacturer. If your battery is inching towards its expiry date, the alarm’s performance will decline and eventually cease.
Your electrician will pop the old batteries out and replace them with fresh ones, following the manufacturer’s battery replacement guidelines.
Once in ten years, it is time to put your good and faithful smoke alarms to rest. Older smoke alarms that have run their course cannot hold a candle to newer models due to technological advancements as well as wear and tear.
Your electrician will choose smoke alarms with lithium batteries for longer-lasting power. They will follow manufacturer instructions and legal best practices when installing new alarms and disposing of old ones.
Your electrician will confirm that your smoke alarm is working, but how? Don’t worry. They will not need to get a fire going in your space. Electrical technology has some impressive methods to gauge your smoke alarm’s responsiveness.
When you live in an apartment or a rented property, you might wonder who is responsible for ensuring the upkeep of the smoke alarm system. Take a look at the tasks incumbent on landlords, tenants, and the owners’ corporation (for strata properties).
When your tenant brings smoke alarm issues to your notice, you must resolve the problem within two business days. You must hire electricians for the following services:
If you do not own the unit, report any concerns regarding the smoke alarm system to your landlord. If you own the unit, you are entirely responsible for engaging electricians for all tasks related to smoke detectors.
In strata buildings, the owners’ corporation attends to the entire repertoire of smoke alarm tasks for shared spaces. They will engage an electrician or an electrical company to check on the following:
Throughout the testing and maintenance service, the electrician will maintain records of their activities, including service dates, tests performed, and issues addressed.