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How's Your Smoke Detector doing?

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How's Your Smoke Detector doing? time to change the smoke detector

Happy New Year! With the beginning of the new year, now is a great time to test your smoke detector batteries and/or swap out your smoke detector altogether.

Did you know that all smoke detectors have a life expectancy of only 10 years? At a recent SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County continuing education class on fire damage restoration held at the American Red Cross in Rosenberg, Dr. Jeffrey Stewart with the American Red Cross reminded participants that the diodes and sensors in every smoke detector deteriorates after 10 years. Even those alarms that are wired to the electrical system will deteriorate and will not function properly. Each smoke detector should be replaced after 10 years. 

SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County partners with the American Red Cross in their fire safety campaign to save lives by putting smoke detectors in low income housing. It doesn't matter whether you live in a mansion or a hut, a working smoke detector is vital in saving lives from house fires. 

There are two types of smoke detectors in most homes- ionization and photoelectric detectors. You can find varying opinions and recommendations from industry "experts", but  research from Texas A&M University indicates that the photoelectric detectors seem to be more reliable, have a less fail rate, and have a clear advantage to the ionization detectors. 

At the very least, one should replace smoke detector batteries at least once a year, and replace the detectors every 8 to 10 years. For more information, contact the (NFPA) National Fire Prevention Association.

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