Due to the insane amount of electronics in this house, we go through batteries a lot. This means we are heavy users of rechargeables and keep an army of batteries rotating through THREE chargers. We should have stock.
Ironically, the one thing we don’t use batteries in is our smoke detector. It is plugged in and our property management come through and test it out on a regular basis. However. this does not mean it is a better system. Lately, the detector has become a tad sensitive and is not happy with my tween and teenagers new found love of looooooooong steamy showers. One whiff of moisture in the air and we were beating the detector to death with towels.
Now it doesn’t work at all. Which is not good and is making my husband very paranoid every time we leave the house. “Did you make sure ALL the burners were off on the stove?” This gets asked every single morning and will do until we replace the detector. Which means a maintenance request and heading out to buy a traditional battery operated model.
For those types of models, spring and the clocks going forward is a perfect time to check and make sure your detector is working.
Duracell and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) are encouraging Canadians to give one task special preference – Checking smoke alarms and changing their batteries.
Although smoke detectors are an essential in the home, being out of sight up on the celling often means they are neglected. Duracell and the CAFC implore Canadians to add the following tasks to the time and spring cleaning routine:
- Spring Clean Routine: Smoke alarms are very sensitive, so even dust or insects can trigger it to go off. Be sure to clean the alarm with a soft brush or vacuum out the air regularly.
- Sound the Right Alarm: There are two types of smoke alarms, ionization and photoelectric. An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires, and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. Make sure you have the right type of alarm in the proper areas of the house.
- Gut check: Regular test fire alarms to ensure the battery and the alarm sounder are operating. This will also familiarize everyone in the home with the sound that is emitted when the unit detects smoke. Refer to manufacturer’s guide for testing procedure.
- Replace the batteries: It’s important to replace your smoke alarm batteries yearly. Try replacing your batteries every spring when you change your clocks. For additional peace of mind, power your fire alarms with Duracell Quantum. With its revolutionary Hi-Density Core™ and proprietary PowerCheck™ power indicator, Duracell Quantum has been engineered to deliver.
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On Sunday share: @CdnFireChiefs & @Duracell are encouraging Canadians to change the batteries in the smoke detector when changing the time