Fireplace or not, every home should be equipped with a smoke and carbon monoxide detector. These devices save countless lives every year and often serve as the first warning sign of danger within the home. If you have a gas fireplace, your risk of fire, smoke exposure, and carbon monoxide poisoning are increased significantly! This is not something to put off – get these detectors installed today!
If you do not have a smoke or carbon monoxide detector, then now is the time to purchase one. The staff at Magic Broom can answer any questions you may have regarding these devices, and we can even install them throughout your home. Already have some set up? Great! Just be sure to test them at least once a month, so that you know your home is protected year round.
How To Test Your Device
If you are not sure how to test your smoke or carbon monoxide detector, then follow these guidelines. It’s very easy and well worth the small amount of time spent! Just be sure to warn family members beforehand, so no one will be concerned or frightened at the sound of your device going off.
It is also a good idea to scatter your family throughout various places of the home. This way you can be certain your detector will be heard in all rooms, should a real fire ever occur.
Now, all that’s left to do is run the test! Hold down the specified button on your device, and wait for a high-pitched noise to come out. If you hear it loud and clear, your smoke or carbon monoxide detector is working properly!
If it does not make noise or if the noise is not very prominent, replace the batteries and run the test again. If it still does not work, then a new device is in order.
Other Things To Remember
Other than testing your detectors on a regular basis, be sure to change the batteries every six months, regardless of their working status. This allows you to be absolutely sure your device is ready to go at all times.
On top of this, you should replace your smoke detectors every 10 years, even if they seem to be in adequate condition. This is the recommended lifespan, according to USFA standards, and keeping devices longer than this may put your home and family at risk.
At Magic Broom Chimney Sweep, we take your safety seriously. Our staff is CSIA certified and more than qualified to take on any job you require. Schedule an inspection with us! We can ensure your fireplace and chimney are in the best shape possible, so you can use them with the peace of mind you deserve.
Make your home safer today by working with us!