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How Often Should You Replace Smoke Alarms?

In 2020/2021, there was a 28% reported failure of smoke alarms. This statistic includes a percentage of alarms that had been correctly installed but were not working due to insufficient maintenance.  Our alarm maintenance services are popular with business and residential clients who want to keep their smoke alarms in strong working order. Keep reading to discover how often you need to make the change and why it is important.

Why Do You Need To Replace Smoke Alarms?

Like any other household electrical item, smoke alarms will degrade over time. With regular maintenance, you can prolong their lifespan, but for optimal safety, they need to be updated once a certain amount of time passes. While the alarm might still look brand new, the internal technology makes the difference when danger strikes.  No matter what type of smoke alarm you install, all rely on intelligent sensors to detect a change in air flow, signifying that smoke is around. These mechanisms become less sensitive over time, representing that it is time to install a new system.

When Should You Replace Smoke Alarms?

You should change your smoke alarm every 10 years. This is the case for both battery and mains-operated products.  Another consideration should also be made to upgrade your battery system to a mains solution if safety is a priority for you. In fact, it is now law in Scotland that smoke alarms need to be interlinked. Mains systems offer this feature, representing the slow withdrawal of battery systems from UK shores.  If you have a battery system, be sure to change your batteries regularly, as well as the main system switch out every decade.

How Can You Tell If Smoke Alarms Need To Be Changed?

While the advice is to change your smoke alarms every 10 years, there may be signs that your product needs an upgrade before this time arrives. If you notice any of the following, please act quickly to renew your system:
  • If your smoke alarm is beginning to not respond when you carry out regular checks or has a delayed alert, then it will not detect a fire at the earliest point. 
  • Does your alarm give you a midnight fright when no danger is found? False alarms also indicate that it’s time to install a replacement. Additionally, if you have a consistent beeping or chirping sound, there could be a problem.
  • Another sign is if your smoke alarm has an unattractive yellow hue. This is a visual reminder that it is time for a new system, as the plastic used should only discolour after a certain time.

How Do I Fit a New Smoke Alarm?

The best way to safely and correctly install a smoke alarm is with professional help.  For wired devices, this is essential as only experts should deal with wiring tasks. Battery systems also need professional fitting to ensure they will work correctly.  To book your smoke alarm installation, contact us.
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