When to Replace Smoke Detectors

Posted by sydjohnson on February 09, 2017  /  in Blog, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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When is the best time to replace your smoke detectors?

According to the experts, every 8 – 10 years is typically when you should replace a smoke detector.

Manufacturers’ instructions will vary from brand to brand, so, keeping up with service times is essential to protecting your home. Change the batteries at least twice a year as recommended by FEMA.

Once the batteries are changed out, push the test button to ensure functionality. There are two types of detectors; hard wired and battery operated. It is current Austin code that every bedroom, hallway, and area that is heavily occupied, like living rooms, has a smoke detector.

For more tips and advice on how to install and maintain smoke detectors in your home, visit the City of Austin online today. To take part in the Free Smoke Alarm program, offering smoke alarms to any person in need, by visiting AustinTexas.gov.

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