Maintaining a smoke alarm is easy to do and could save you the lives of your loved ones. At km.electric we recommend following these simple steps:
Testing your smoke alarm – all it needs is a push of a button, and is over in a matter of seconds. Once the test push button on the smoke alarm is pushed, it should sound the alarm and when released it should stop. In the event of the smoke alarm not sounding on test, you have a problem! It’s likely your smoke alarm is faulty and should be immediately replaced by a licensed electrician.
Lose the dust by using a vacuum – over time dust particles tend to build up inside the smoke alarm, using a vacuum with a small brush head on the pole should remove most of the particles and clean the smoke alarm.
Termite spray – the electrical components of a smoke alarm can draw the attention of termites and these little buggers seem to damage the smoke alarm’s components. Before spraying your smoke alarm with termite spray, your smoke alarm will need to be completely covered before spraying takes place. This will ensure the spray does not enter the smoke alarm compartments and cause damage.
Painting the smoke alarm or covering it is a no go! – Covering or painting a smoke alarm will affect the alarm’s performance and probably result in a faulty smoke alarm over time.