The weather is warming up, the sky is getting brighter earlier, and the flowers are starting to bloom - we are officially in spring! Spring is the perfect time to clean up around the house and do all the tasks that wouldn't come to mind during your spring clean, like cleaning your smoke alarms.
We don't need to discuss the importance of smoke alarms in this blog. However, we do need to talk about the best way to keep your home safe by cleaning your smoke alarms.
If your smoke alarm beeps, don't ignore it. It's your smoke alarms way of telling you something's not right and that it needs to change.
Here are our top five reasons why it's time to spring clean your smoke alarms.
A build-up of dust
There are essential sensors inside a smoke alarm that needs to be clean to function efficiently. A clean sensor can accurately respond to environmental changes in the home, i.e. fire and smoke.
When your smoke alarm isn't working correctly, this poses a threat to your family. Dust, pet hairs and pollen are just a few elements that can build up on the sensor.
You've just moved into your new house, and it's finally starting to feel like home. However, you might be forgetting one crucial element - your safety!
When moving into a new property, always make sure to check the smoke alarms on your first night, regardless of any paperwork that says completed. Your peace of mind and protection is essential.
Smoke alarms make a 'beep' or 'chirping' sound when they have a low battery or are faulty.
Replacing them on short notice can be an issue. Make sure you have spare batteries in your house at all times in case of an emergency swap like this.
Many smoke alarms use a 9-volt battery, however in some states 10-year lithium batteries are used, so you should always follow the directions that came with your smoke alarm manual. Should your smoke alarm use a 9-volt battery, ensure that this is replaced annually.
Alternatively, an easy way to examine your smoke alarm batteries before it gets to this point is by holding down the test button until you hear a loud alert.
Hot weather means insects
It might be something you overlook, but there's merit to understanding the surroundings and environment of your home. Warmer weather means more bugs - especially living in Australia.
There have been cases of smoke alarms going off for no reason, and the battery didn't need replacing. So why is this irritating sound still going off? Depending on your circumstances, you might have insects that have covered or clogged the sensor chamber. Clean your smoke alarms with a soft brush, wiping down the outside vents and vacuuming out the unit.
Ionization smoke alarms are susceptible to moisture. They can be a nuisance when placed near a bathroom or other humid areas. The water particles can interrupt the sensors and may not work, or go off at random.
To avoid this, use a microfiber cloth when spring cleaning your smoke alarms to absorb any moisture and to prevent further damage. Alternatively, some smoke alarms in your home may need to be relocated to avoid this from happening.
Now that you are all up-to-date, it's time to stop procrastinating and put your safety first.