Smoke & CO Detectors by Superpower Services
Plain and simple, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors save lives! Smoke and CO alarms that are installed properly by a professional electrician and maintained by the homeowner reduce the risk of fire or poison-related death and illness.
In order to keep your family and your property safe, smoke alarms are a key component in any residence. They aren’t just recommended; they are mandatory. Smoke alarms should be found throughout the home—at least one on each level and one outside of every bedroom.
Smoke alarms should be tested monthly to confirm functionality. If it appears that your smoke alarm is no longer working properly, prompt smoke alarm repair and replacement services are available from Superpower Services in Red Bank, NJ.
Unlike smoke, carbon monoxide is invisible. Even more worrisome, it can be deadly. A CO detector is one of the only defenses against this odorless and colorless chemical. When concentrations of carbon monoxide reach a toxic level, the alarm will sound.
Often, proper ventilation will return the indoors to a healthy level. If you or a family member are experiencing dizziness, headaches, fatigue or nausea when indoors, there may already be unhealthy levels of carbon monoxide in the home. This needs to be addressed immediately.
Important facts about smoke alarms and CO detectors:
- A smoke alarm has a lifespan of approximately 10 years.
- Your smoke and CO alarm should be tested monthly. To do so, hold down the “test” button and a beeping sound will let you know if it’s working properly.
- We recommend interconnecting your smoke alarms. Meaning, when one sounds, every alarm in the house will follow suit, alerting all occupants to the danger.
- Smoke alarms can also be outfitted with special options, such as strobe lights or bed shakers. If a resident of your household is hard of hearing, consider these additions.
Smoke and CO alarm installations and upgrades should be performed by a professional electrician. Hire SuperPower Services for all of your electrical safety needs.
There are many safety concerns when it comes to any residential electrical installation. Smoke and CO alarms need to be placed correctly in order to keep your family and property safe. Not only that, but a home must meet code compliance for its particular state.
- Smoke alarms are required in every bedroom or outside of each sleeping area. Alarms should be installed on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Depending on the size of your home, it may require additional smoke alarm installations.
- It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
- Test all smoke and CO alarms at least once a month. Press the “test” button to be sure the alarm is working.
- There are two kinds of alarms: Ionization and Photoelectric. While Ionization is better able to detect flames, Photoelectric is quick to pick up on smoldering fires. Both types of alarms are available and should be present in the home.
- Smoke alarms may be placed on the ceiling or within 12 inches of the ceiling on the wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove.
- People who are hard of hearing should consider the use of special alarms. These alarms can be outfitted with strobe lights and bed shakers.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they reach 10 years old.