July 31, 2014
If your smoke detector is more than 10 years old, it may not work.
When you test your smoke detector it may beep but it may longer be able to detect smoke in your home if it is more than 10 years old.
At almost every home inspection, I hear the inspector advise buyers to swap out the smoke detectors. In many cases they are beyond their useful date, but owners don't realize that they are no longer functioning. It also advised that owners replace the old smoke detectors with a smoke/carbon monoxide detector.
Having a smoke detector or smoke alarm can save your life or help you avoid serious injury. Many injuries in fires are a result of smoke alone.
- Test all smoke alarms in your home once a month by pressing the alarm’s test button and replace the batteries of each smoke alarm at least once a year. Do not use rechargeable batteries.
- Replace smoke alarms after 10 years.
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