When do I Need to Replace my Smoke Detectors?


One of the questions we frequently see cited in inspection reports are old smoke detectors.

The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) says smoke detectors need to be replaced in 8 to 10 years. If you’ve got a house that was built in 2008 or later, the smoke detectors need to be replaced as soon as possible.

The reason is that these units are not designed to last forever. They have electronics in certain parts of them that wear out as time goes along. These parts are designed to sense ionization in the air from smoke.

We need to take those old detectors out and install a brand new system. When a new system is installed we always make sure we include duel sensing technology. You might think, “Oh my goodness, that sounds really fancy!” Really what that is, is a sensor that can detect that slow smoldering smoke and a detector that can sense that fast burning fire that doesn’t look like its emitting any smoke, but that’s burning super fast. Those are two types of detection that we want to make sure your detectors have.

Also, outside of the bedroom areas, we want to make sure there’s a carbon monoxide detector. We can include this with the other smoke detectors at the same time so you don’t have to worry about another piece of equipment.

Once this is all taken care of, your house is much, much safer and you can rest assured that you’re in a good place.

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