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Do Smoke Detectors Expire?

We all pay attention to the expiration date on bread and milk, but never think about the expiration date on our smoke detectors. Yes, they DO expire! In fact, an expired smoke detector is worthless in saving you from a fire.

As we approach the winter season, it’s a good idea to have a look at your smoke detectors to make sure they’re safe and ready to operate.

Most new smoke detectors are made to last 10 years. In the early years, smoke detectors were built to last an even shorter period of time. The bottom line is you need to check the smoke detectors in your home to make they’re safe and functioning properly.

Do smoke detectors expire?

How can you tell if your smoke detector is doing its job? There are three ways.

1) Look for the expiration date on the detector. To check, carefully twist the detector off it’s mounting plate. The expiration date is printed on the back is the unit. If you don’t see an expiration date it means the unit is too old to operate and needs to be replaced immediately.

2) To test the sensor, use an aerosol can of smoke alarm test spray that simulates smoke. If the alarms go off, you’re probably OK. But keep in mind, the older the alarms get the more the alarm sensors lose sensitivity

3) The third way is to have Clover Electric perform a home safety evaluation. We’ll check and test your smoke detectors, CO alarms and your entire electrical systems to make sure everything is functioning properly.

Mike Talty says, “Don’t be fooled by the test button.”

He goes on to say, “The test button only tells you that the battery, electronics, and alarm system are working. It doesn’t mean that the smoke sensor is working. Without a functioning sensor, the smoke detector is worthless.”

Play it safe. Call Clover Electric. You’ll be glad you called.

Cleveland Electrical Services

Clover Electric is known for professionalism, performance and integrity. Make your home a safer and more pleasant place to live with electrical systems you can rely upon. Some of our services include:

  • Commercial Tenant Improvements
  • Code Compliance
  • Inspection Report Corrections

In And Around The Home

 
  • Electrical Service and Repair
  • Add New Outlets/Switches
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Bath Fan/Heat Light Combination
  • Heated Towel Bar
  • Recessed Lighting
  • Fixture Hanging
  • New Dryer Hook-Ups
  • New Spa/Pool Hook-Ups and Lighting
  • Data/Communications Setup
  • Cable Hook-Ups
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Controllers
  • Programmable Lighting
  • Motion Sensor Lighting
  • Dimmer Switches
  • Exhaust Fans
  • G.F.C.I. Outlet Installations
  • Re-wiring
  • Service Upgrades
  • Old Panel Replacements
  • New Circuits
  • Dedicated Computer Circuits
  • House Grounding
  • Whole House Surge Protection
  • Transformers
  • 220V-240V Upgrades
  • Whole House Back Up Generators
  • Breakers & Fuses
  • Meter Boxes
  • Panel Repairs and Upgrades
  • Equipment Installations
  • Security Lighting
  • Dawn to Dusk Lighting
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Heat Detectors
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Surge Protectors
  • Low Voltage Lighting Systems
  • Motorized Shades
  • Under Cabinet Lighting
  • Yard Lighting
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