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Why Is My Smoke Detector Beeping?

Smoke alarm beepingThe National Fire Protection Association says smoke detectors should be in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area.  There’s a good reason for this, smoke detectors save lives.

A beeping smoke detector is nothing you can or should ignore.   It’s lifesaving technology than needs to be working properly to alert you in the event of a fire.

Here are the main causes your smoke detector is beeping:

1. A dead battery.  Start by replacing the battery.  If this solves the problem, you’re good to go!  NOTE:  Even if your smoke detector is wired to your home’s electrical system it has a battery as a backup in case of a power outage.

2. It’s dirty.  Smoke alarms have very sensitive electronics.  Dirt, bugs or even burnt toast can set them off.  There’s an easy fix.  Use a can of pressurized air that you use to clean your computer keyboard to clean off the smoke detector.  

If these two DIY fixes don’t work, you may have a smoke detector than has expired.  It’s true!  You need to replace smoke detectors every ten years.  Their sensors wear out and make them pretty much useless.  You can look for the date yours was manufactured right on the back.

The bottom line is you need to make sure your smoke detectors are in good working order and ready when you need them most.  Clover Electric can inspect, test and replace any smoke detector in your home.  Get the peace of mind knowing your family will be alerted in the event of a fire.  Call us today!
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