FAQS

Why does my smoke detector chirp?

Usually when a smoke detector is chirping intermittently, it’s time to replace the battery. If replacing the battery in your smoke alarm does not eliminate the chirping, contact us.

How often should I change the battery?

You should change the battery in your detectors twice a year. It is also recommended to clean your detectors at the same time. Contact Smoke Detector Pro and we can change your batteries, test and clean your detectors.

 

How often should I replace my smoke detectors?

Most manufacturers, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) suggest replacing detectors every ten years. The reason for this is the sensor degrades at a rate of about 4% a year, so after 10 years there would be a potential of a 40% failure rate.

I have an older home that does not have the amount of smoke alarms needed.

Older homes have old wiring and are not up to today’s fire codes. Smoke Detector Pro recommends making your home up to date in todays fire standards by installing a wireless system in your home.

How many smoke detectors do I need to have?

Although building codes vary from city to city, most manufacturers and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggest placing one in each bedroom. There should be one in the hallway between the kitchen and sleeping areas. If the hallway is 30 feet or longer, there should be one on each end. Stairways should have one as they act as a chimney for smoke and heat. If you aren’t sure, The Smoke Detector Pro can recommend the best locations for your detectors.

I have a finished basement/finished addition room and need a smoke alarm(s) installed.

Have room additions or finished basements and want to interconnect your alarm system? We can easily interconnect your upstairs already installed smoke detector system to intergrate with your basement. Finished basements need the same amount of protection if not more as the rest of the house. Here at smoke detector medic we install a wireless fire protection system in these areas.

How often should I test my smoke detectors?

Most manufacturers recommend Monthly testing. Using the test button is the most accurate way to test it. All smoke alarms will go off in the household. If one does not go off call Smoke detector medic to diagnose.

Which type of smoke detector should I have?

There are two type of smoke detectors: Ionization and Photo-electric:

  • Ionization smoke detection is generally more responsive to flaming fires.
    How they work: Ionization-type smoke alarms are generally more sensitive at detecting small particles, which tend to be produced in fast moving fires, commonly found in kitchen or garage fires.
  • Photoelectric smoke detection is generally more responsive to smoldering fires.
    How they work: Photoelectric-type alarms are more sensitive at detecting large particles, which tend to be produced in slow moving fires, such as a couch or bedding fire.