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Plano Electrican Installs Smoke Detectors

Posted on January 1, 2011

Smoke Detector Installation, Replacement, & Maintenance

Fires can start, grow and spread so quickly and because of this having working smoke alarms in your Plano home can mean the difference between life and death. These life-saving devices are only effective when they’re working properly. Smoke alarms with batteries that are dead, defective, disconnected, or missing can’t alert you to the dangers of smoke and fire.

Smoke Alarm Installation

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home making sure that there is an alarm outside every separate sleeping area. New homes are required to have a smoke alarm in every sleeping room and all smoke alarms must be interconnected.

Hard-wired smoke alarms operate on your household electrical current. The smoke detectors can be interconnected so that every alarm sounds regardless of the fire’s location. This is an advantage in early warning, because it gives occupants extra time to escape if they are in one part of the home and a fire breaks out in another part.

Alarms that are hard-wired should have battery backups in case of a power outage, and should be installed by a qualified Plano electrician. If you sleep with bedroom doors closed, have a qualified Plano electrician install interconnected smoke alarms in each room so that when one alarm sounds, they all sound. By doing this it will give you time to get your loved ones and get out of the house.

Mount smoke alarms on ceilings because remember, smoke rises. Ceiling mounted alarms should be installed at least four inches away from the nearest wall. If you have ceilings that are pitched, install the alarm near the ceiling’s highest point.
Don’t install smoke alarms near windows, doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation. This could cause the smoke detector to alert you even if there is not a problem.

Never paint smoke alarms. Paint, stickers, or other decorations could keep the alarms from working properly.

Call 469-261-1503 today to set up your free estimate to have smoke detectors inspected and/or installed in your Plano home.