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Why Replace Your Beeping Smoke Detectors with New Ones?

Updated: May 20

Smoke detectors need replacing every 10 years, and this new Cumming client contacted us when they had reached the end of line with their smoke detectors.  With the new Kidde smoke detectors I installed, they won't even have to replace smoke detector batteries for the next 10 years!


Installing Smoke Detector | Knightly Electrical Services
Installing Smoke Detector | Knightly Electrical Services

Where Should Smoke Alarms Be Installed?


Installing smoke alarms is a critical first step for the early detection of a fire in your home and is the leading lifesaving device in home fire safety. Fires happen in a variety of ways and could start in any room of your house. But no matter where or how, installing a smoke alarm is a first key step toward keeping your family safe.


How Often Do You Test Smoke Detectors?


Test smoke detectors monthly and batteries for regular ones need to be replaced at least yearly. About 90 percent of homes in the United States have smoke detectors. However, 20% of smoke detectors installed in those homes do not work because of dead or missing batteries.


How Do Smoke Alarms Work?


Smoke alarms detect fires by sensing small particles in the air using a couple of different kinds of technologies. Once they detect those particles above a certain level, they signal the alarm to sound so that you and your family can get to safety and call 911.


Smoke Detector Installed | Knightly Electrical Services
Smoke Detector Installed | Knightly Electrical Services

Safety Tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)


  • First, install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Make sure you install alarms on every level of the home including the basement.

  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms so that when one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.

  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. 

  • Working smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan. 

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