It is strongly recommended that all residents have working smoke alarms in their homes. Smoke alarms can be battery operated or directly connected to a building's electrical system. If you require a fire safety inspection, please book an appointment through Riverview Fire & Rescue at 387-2026.
Locating and installing smoke alarms
Wiring for built-in fire alarms
- Use a qualified electrical contractor.
- Never install the alarm in the electrical circuit except at the main panel. Alarms must also never be installed in a circuit connected to an on/off switch.
- Check the alarm when installation is complete.
Mark your calendar
Smoke alarms should be tested and cleaned every 6 months. It's easy to remember this life-saving task when you schedule the tests around Daylight Savings.
Ensure that power is being transmitted to the alarm and that it will activate in the presence of smoke.
Test your smoke alarm by pressing the test button.
Even alarms with a pilot light that indicate power is being transmitted, should be tested regularly.
Battery-operated smoke alarms will warn you when batteries need replacing. Despite this, make it a habit to change the batteries yearly.
When you've been away from home for a few days, check your alarm on your return to ensure it is working properly.
Remember, your smoke alarm can't protect you if the batteries have been removed or a plug has been disconnected.
The lifespan of a typical smoke alarm is about 10 years, but some models last as little as 5 years.
To clean the alarm, open the cover and gently vacuum the interior of it. Frequently, the alarm will sound while the unit is being cleaned.