On the average, a house fire is reported every 85 seconds in the United States. Ensuring functional smoke detector’s in your home reduces injury and death from house fires by almost 37%, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Electrical fires can start in locations not easily seen, such as in the walls or the attic, and be beyond control before occupants realize there is a fire. Periodic electrical inspections and testing, and contacting a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL to schedule electrical repair service when needed, are two essential factors for preventing fire. However, smoke detectors are just as important, and should be tested each month to ensure they work in the event a fire were to occur.
The causes of electrical house fires account for approximately 9% of all fires and include:
- Cooking is the leading cause of all fires, and part of these are related to appliance malfunction. Never use an appliance with a frayed or worn plug.
- In the home’s electrical system, fire can be caused by worn, damaged or improperly installed wiring, faulty light fixtures, outlets and switches, and overloaded circuits. Calling for a licensed electrician to provide electrical repair service ensures the safety of a project.
- Faulty appliances can cause both shock and fire, have them repaired or replaced without delay.
Besides wear and age, lighting and power surges can damage the homes electrical services. When your home has been affected by lightning, you should contact an electrician for an inspection. Lightning and power surges can melt the wiring insulation, increasing the risk of shock and fire, always have it checked out, and the necessary electrical repair service provided.
Fire Safety and Prevention
It’s essential to maintain working smoke detectors in your home, and to have an evacuation plan in place, and routinely practiced.
The Beeping Smoke Detector
In the absence of a fire, smoke detectors will sometimes beep incessantly, prompting homeowners to remove the batteries. Unfortunately, this action is related in many injuries and deaths when a fire occurs.
What the Beep May Mean
The beep of the smoke detector may indicate the problem. Check the owner’s manual for the details about beeping. Generally, the sounds a smoke detector make include:
Chirping can indicate an electrical problem, and will also occur in detectors hardwired into the homes electrical system.
If you haven’t replaced your battery, beeping every few minutes may indicate the battery is needs to be replaced. Use the recommended battery, as rechargeable batteries may not work as well as alkaline batteries. A good rule of thumb is to change the battery every six months.
Replacing a Smoke Detector
Check your smoke detectors warranty. The majority are warranted for five years, while others may have a ten year warranty. It’s best to replace any smoke detector no later than the ten year mark as the electronic circuitry will degrade over time. When a recurring problem occurs with the detector, go ahead and replace it. Our electricians can provide the professional electrical repair service that you require.
Overall, if your smoke detector is beeping, it’s telling you it has a problem requiring your attention. Replace the batteries routinely and contact Mister Sparky if you need new smoke detectors installed, or require other electrical repair service or installation. Mister Sparky serves the North Alabama region, and is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating. We offer emergency electrical repair 24/7 for your convenience.