You can buy smoke detectors almost everywhere today, they are easy to install and to maintain. In addition to that, they are quite affordable. Some models today cost only a few bucks.
On the other hand, making the most of a smoke detector isn’t always straightforward. Worse, if you make a mistake setting them up or testing them, your investment into the smoke detector was basically for nothing. You can even risk your home’s and families well-being should it turn out that the smoke detector you bought is in reality not up to the task, maybe because of poor maintenance or maybe because you made a mistake installing it.
When you buy a smoke detector, no matter what model, always read the included instructions carefully. The instructions for the smoke detector will contain important information about how to maintain it properly, such as how often and exactly how you would go about testing your smoke detector.
The most important thing with a smoke detectors is obviously that it always needs to be working properly. You should never risk that the batteries run out and must therefore know when it’s time to change them. Most of the time, the instruction manual will tell you the best intervals for changing the batteries, for example such as twice a year.
Most smoke detectors will have indication lights so you can see whether the device works. Some models might have a button that need to be pressed to see whether the device is working , while others might have a permanent light. Here too you should consult the manual to learn about your particular model.
Recent smoke detectors don’t even require that you change the batteries. Those types of smoke detectors can last a very long time, sometimes up to 10 years without a requirement to change the batteries. You would simply discard the device and replace it for a new one when it’s time.
The best position of your smoke detectors in your home is extremely important.
It is recommend that you put a detector on each floor of a home. Make sure that the detector is not too far away from your bedroom. When the alarm goes off it should wake you up in the case of a fire!