Smoke detectors play a vital role in keeping you and your family safe. While most homeowners in Apex, Cary, Raleigh & Durham don’t have to think about them unless there is a problem, they don’t last forever, and it is important to keep track of the last time they were changed.

Smoke Detector Replacement

What Kind of Smoke Detectors Do You Have?

There are two main types – hardwired and battery operated. Do you know what kind you have? Hardwired detectors are connected to your home’s electrical system. They are seen as the safer option because they also have a battery in them. That means that in the event of a power outage, you’ll have a backup power supply. New, hardwired smoke detectors are also interconnected which means if one goes off, they all go off. This increases the safety of your home as it alerts everyone of the fire, no matter where they are at in the home.

Where Should You Have Smoke Detectors?

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), you should have smoke detectors in each bedroom, outside any sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. This is also the code requirement for any newly built homes.

Signs to Replace Your Smoke Detectors

Every smoke detector should have a label showing when they were made. If your smoke detectors do not have have a label on them, replacements for them are probably overdue. Some signs that it’s time to replace your detectors include:

Our Recommendation

At AstroWatt, we only install hardwired smoke detectors when people request replacements. We believe that they provide an extra level of safety and security to a homeowner. Have you noticed you don’t have detectors in some places where they should be? Have you decided it’s time to replace yours, based on the signs above? Give us a call today at 984-600-0100 and we will get you on the schedule quickly!