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FAQs

 Do I need a carbon monoxide detector?

  • You can’t see, hear or smell it but if a lot of it gathers in your home it can be deadly to you and your family.

What are the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning?

  • The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning centre around headaches, dizziness and feeling sick but how quickly that will happen and long they will last before you are knocked out depends on how much of it is in the air. For example if there are 800 parts per million of carbon monoxide in the air you may feel unwell for 45min before losing consciousness. If it is double that amount, at 1600 you only have 20min before you may collapse. The most important thing to remember is if you feel any of these warning signs get out of the house into fresh air straight away. Then call for urgent medical advice. Make sure no one re-enters the house has been made safe by a professional.

How many carbon monoxide detectors do I need?

  • You need a detector in every room with a fossil fuel powered heating device. So if you have an open fire in the living room and a gas powered boiler in the utility room then you need two.

When should you replace your smoke alarms?

  • If the alarm is more than 10 years old, replace it with a new one. If it’s less than 10 years old, you can put it back – just be sure to replace the batteries before you do.

What to Do When Smoke Alarm Keeps Beeping?

  • Smoke detectors are intended to make a chirping noise once the battery needs changing.

Where should you have smoke alarms?

  • You should have smoke alarms installed in every bedroom, hallway and living area in your home. In multi-level homes, make sure a smoke alarm is located on the ceiling at the head of the stairways connecting the levels.  It’s a good idea to keep smoke alarms away from air conditioners, heaters and fans because these may cause a false alarm. Steam from bathrooms and cooking fumes from kitchens can also trigger smoke alarms so make sure they aren’t too close.

How to maintain your smoke alarm?

  • It is important to change the battery of your smoke alarm every year. A good tip is to choose a significant date that you will remember to do this such as a birthday, Christmas or daylight savings. You should also test your smoke alarm every month by pressing the test button with a broom handle.  The grill area of the smoke alarm should be cleaned every few months with a vacuum to remove any dust or debris, which may trigger a false alarm.  Smoke alarms have a lifespan of about 10 years. If you’re unsure how old yours is, you may want to change it or get an electrician to check it for you.

How do I test my smoke alarm?

  • Usually, you can test your smoke alarm by pressing and holding down on the test button. Allow several seconds to pass. You should hear a very loud and piercing sound. If the sound is weak or muted, try changing the batteries. Replace the unit if that doesn’t work.If you hold down the test button for over 10 seconds (over 20 seconds for photoelectric models) and there is no sound, you have a problem. Check if the batteries are installed properly. Replace the batteries if necessary and test the unit again. If that doesn’t work, replace the smoke detector or call your local home service company.