Winter Maintenance of Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detectors
Carbon Monoxide and smoke detectors require regular maintenance to ensure that they are operating effectively. Depending on the type of detector, maintenance tasks may include replacing batteries or dusting off vents and sensors.
During winter, it is crucial to ensure your detectors are functioning, as cold temperatures can cause them to malfunction. To keep your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors running optimally during the winter, follow the steps outlined in this guide.
Replace the Batteries
First, ensure that the battery in your detector is fresh and fully charged. Replace any old batteries with new ones to prevent false alarms or malfunctions. We suggest switching out batteries once per year, but it may be necessary to do this more frequently in the winter if temperatures are below freezing.
Clean the Sensor
Carbon Monoxide detectors require regular cleaning to remove dust, dirt, and other debris that can build up on their sensors over time and decrease accuracy. To clean your detector's sensor, use a soft cloth or brush to carefully remove any dust or particles from its vents. If necessary, you can also use compressed air to gently blow away any stubborn debris.
Test the Alarm
Finally, test your carbon monoxide or smoke detector every month by pressing and holding the "test" button on its back. The test button will trigger a loud beeping sound that will last for five seconds or more, indicating that the detector is functioning correctly. If it does not sound, replace the batteries, and try again, or contact a professional.
By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors will remain in top condition throughout the winter months. If you require professional testing, Scan-Tech Alarm can ensure your alarms are functioning properly. Our technicians always have the latest tools and techniques available to test out of your detectors.
For over 25 years, Marc and Jacqueline Cyr of Scan-Tech Alarm Systems Ltd. have helped to keep people and properties safe in Prince Albert and its surrounding areas.
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