An accidental short in a smoke alarm can turn into a fire if not detected quickly enough. You can save your home by preventing this tragedy. Never leave the smoke detectors plugged in. Always be ready for an emergency and call for help right away. Basically, the installation of a smoke alarm should be done by the Professional Emergency Electricians, as they have expert license and training to install different electrical equipment. Following are the steps followed by the expert electrician while changing or installing a new smoke alarm.
Changing A Smoke Alarm
- After changing the batteries, disconnect the smoke detectors. Use a non-contact high-tension wire to check all wires to ensure the battery is off and the smoke detectors are off as well. Unscrew the mounting plate on the two-pronged junction box and remove the new alarm. Replace all the batteries in the smoke detectors and switch them back on.
- Test the batteries again. If you hear a low battery chirp, replace the battery, if there is no chirp, test the low battery warning light and replace it. Plug in all components and turn the power on.
Smoke and cooking smoke is a nuisance. They can escape upward through doors, windows and even through ceiling vents. Your smoke sensor is designed to detect only the food-related smoke and will set off the least 10 feet of smoke detector cable in your house. This minimum distance makes it easy to locate and disable unwanted alarms.
Types of Smoke Alarm
Following are the types of Smoke Alarm
- Traditional metal ionization smoke alarms
The traditional metal ionization smoke alarms are known for their great reliability and high efficiency. However, they are quite expensive and require frequent replacement of batteries. It’s also a real pain to constantly have to replace the batteries in these smoke detectors. For these reasons, many homeowners are now opting to purchase the less expensive ionizing radiation smoke detectors.
Ions emit positive ions (positively charged ions) into the air. Ions have the electric charge to repel fire. This means that when a fire breaks out, it releases positive ions to keep them from spreading and burning up the surrounding areas. When a person goes to purchase a new alarm, he or she picks one that emits positively charged ions. These ionization alarms are not as sensitive to food-related smoke and heat, so a slight odour or a faint chirp will not set them off.
There are two types of ionization sensor: analogue and digital. Digital sensors have a light source with which to detect smoke particles. An analogue sensor has an LED light source in a sealed chamber and is used to set off the alarm.
- Based on Shape & Size
Smoke alarms today come in all shapes and sizes and they can be installed in any room of the house. They are highly effective at detecting low levels of smoke and can keep you and your family safe from fire. To have an efficient smoke detection system, all you need to do is to install alarms in your smoke detector system.
To have your home smoke alarms work properly, you need to install batteries in them. New batteries should be bought whenever the old one starts to show signs of wear. A smoke alarm works best when it receives an electrical charge from its power supply. Batteries must be replaced when they show signs of getting discharged. Smoke alarms that receive an incorrect amount of the charge may not function correctly.
Smoke alarm installation requires a smoke detector that can detect both low and high levels of carbon monoxide. You should also have a smoke alarm system that can be reset to activate on a low level for emergencies only. Your alarm can have an extension port installed on your wall if you want to place a battery in your wall during emergencies. If you want your system to be able to detect low levels of carbon monoxide, you can use a supplemental sensor called a carbon monoxide sensor that is smaller and placed near the area where the smoke detector is located.