Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms are essential and potentially life-saving devices for all properties, there really is no excuse not to have one installed. At RPB Electrical, we can provide efficient and affordable installations for domestic, commercial and industrial premises in line with all industry standards and recommendations.
How Often Should You Test Your Smoke Detectors
Whilst smoke and CO detectors are very reliable bits of kit, testing them regularly ensures that you are aware of any problems with the device or installation. You should aim to test your detector once every two months, this can be done by pushing ‘test’ test button on the device until it sounds (usually a red light).
How Do I Clean My Smoke Detector?
The reliability of smoke and CO detectors can be reduced when dust and debris clog the vents. In order to ensure your detector is as sensitive as it’s meant to be you should aim to clean it once a month or when you notice a build up of debris.
To clean your detector, simply run over it with your vacuum cleaner or duster – remember, never use water or cleaning fluid to clean your detector.
How Often Do I Need To Replace My Smoke Detector Battery?
Smoke and CO detectors run on batteries to ensure they are functioning even when there is no electricity. Because of this, the batteries will occasionally need changing – this should be done once every 12 months unless you have a 10 year alarm. Low battery is usually indicated by a routine beep (usually a high pitched ‘chirping’ sound).
Are Smoke and CO Detectors A Legal Requirement
Whilst smoke and CO detectors are highly recommended in all properties, they are not a legal requirement in domestic environments. However, if you are a private landlord, you’ll need to make sure you have a smoke detector installed on every floor of your rental property – this should be tested and functioning at the beginning and end of every tenancy.
Additionally, a CO detector should be installed in any room that contains a fuel burning appliance.
What About Fire Alarm Systems?
Fire alarm systems are more complex systems generally found in commercial and industrial premises, these systems rely on a number of electrical components to function effectively and should therefore be well maintained and inspected regularly.
BS 5839 recommends that a fire alarm system should be inspected by a competent person such as a qualified electrician once every 6 months, this is a recommendation that is endorsed by the Government.
Smoke, CO Detector and Fire Alarm System Installation Gloucestershire
If it’s time for you to have a smoke or CO detector installed in your property or you want to book in for an inspection, we can help. To find out more or request a quote – give us a call today on 07506735568 or fill out a contact form for a prompt response.