Fire Safety: Altamonte Springs Electrician

Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are absolutely necessary in your home. Both of which are as important, if not more important, than home insurance, but a whole lot less expensive. Smoke detectors are proven to save lives and fire extinguishers can reduce damage significantly.

There are regular smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and combination units with both functions. With electrical appliances, the regular smoke detectors are fine. However, with gas appliances, the smoke/carbon monoxide combination are the best for your home.

You can get direct-wired, battery-operated, or A/C-D/C, which would be better in case of a circuit loss or power failure. Years ago, smoke detectors were installed outside of bedrooms, but now the NFPA and NEC require them to be installed inside the bedroom and outside the bedroom. Also, all of the smoke detectors throughout your home should be interconnected, so if one alarm sounds, they all go off. The alarms are so loud that no matter where you are sleeping, you will be awakened. Typically, these devices are mounted on the ceiling or on the wall, 8 inches from the ceiling.

Occasionally, intermittent beeping will come from the smoke detectors. This is typically an indicator that the batteries are low and need to be replaced or there can be a build up of dust. An occasional chirp, however, can be a voltage fluctuation. The manufacturer and the NFPA recommend that you replace your smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors every ten years. The devices are designed to have a shelf life and can cause an adverse reaction if used past their prime.

For older Altamonte Springs homes that do not have the necessary smoke detectors, a new circuit with the devices can be added or there are wireless, battery-operated models that will interconnect. For this type of installation, you’ll want to contact a licensed Altamonte Springs electrician.

Many fire extinguishers are placed in kitchens. There are many options, including small, decor-style cabinet mountings that can house a smaller-sized extinguisher. However, a large, whole-house fire extinguisher should be installed in the garage.

A fire can occur for many different reasons. Having the proper detection devices and fire extinguishers can save a life and your property. If you’re concerned about the devices, contact a Master Altamonte Springs electrician today to ensure the safety of your Altamonte Springs home.

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