Smoke Alarms | Electrician Huntsville, AL
Each year in the United States, there are a reported 2,500 deaths due to home fires. Most of these deaths occur in homes without a working smoke alarm. This clearly speaks to the importance of ensuring adequate and functioning smoke alarms in the home. Contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL for the installation of smoke alarms in your home.
The smoke alarm’s primary function is to alert household members of smoke inside the home. The alarm will sound when it detects smoke, providing a warning of fire before the flames can spread to other parts of the home.
The following guidelines for smoke alarms will increase you and your family’s chances of survival when implemented:
- Ensure an adequate number of smoke alarms are installed in your home. In general, it’s recommended to have a smoke alarm on each floor of the home, in each bedroom, and outside each sleeping space.
- Teach children about fire safety. If you have children in the home, teach them how to safely exit the home in the event of a fire.
- Test your smoke alarms monthly. This can be done by holding down the test button on the front of the smoke alarm. Replace the batteries every 6 months.
- If you need to repair, replace, or install additional smoke alarms in your home, a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide this service for you.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors provide an additional level of protection to homes with a gas heating system, gas appliances or wood burning heaters or a fireplace. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a potentially deadly gas that replaces oxygen within the red blood cells, resulting in injury and death. Carbon monoxide is produced as a by-product of fossil fuels such as gas, wood, coal or oil. Carbon monoxide detectors will alarm when CO is detected, enabling you and your family to exit the home into fresh air.
Contact us for the professional installation of carbon monoxide detectors by a Mister Sparky licensed electrician in Huntsville, AL.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a life-threatening medical emergency. Immediate medical care is required for anyone who may have CO poisoning.
Whole house protection can be provided by integrating compatible smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors into the home’s security system. Alternately, interconnected alarms are available, when one unit alarms all others will alarm, ensuring all areas of the home are alerted. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the installation that you require for integrated carbon monoxide detectors.
The precautions to prevent CO poisoning are as follows:
Install carbon monoxide detectors – Contact a electrician in Huntsville, AL for installation of CO detectors. It is recommended carbon monoxide detectors be installed in the hallway near each sleeping area, and one on each floor. Check the batteries when you test your smoke detector each month, and change the batteries at least twice a year. Some experts recommend installing a CO detector near the furnace.
Open the garage door – If you have an attached garage, open the garage door before starting the car, and keep the door to the house firmly closed while the car is running.
Use gas appliances as recommended – Never use a gas stove or oven to heat your home. Don’t run a generator in an enclosed space, such as the basement, garage or inside of the home!
Maintain gas appliances and the fireplace – Ensure your gas appliances are properly vented. Inspect the vent pipes periodically to ensure they aren’t blocked by debris, such as leaves or bird nests. Have your chimney and flue professionally cleaned every year. Schedule routine maintenance and inspections for all gas appliances by a professional repairman. It’s recommended that gas fittings be replaced every ten years by a licensed plumber.
Contact a Mister Sparky licensed electrician in Huntsville, AL for the installation of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and for all of your electrical needs. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and ensure your satisfaction. Our electricians serve the North Alabama region.