Maintenance of your smoke alarm

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All household appliances need a little bit of care and attention from time to time and your smoke alarm is no different. The good news is your smoke alarms won’t take long to maintain and we can give you a step by step guide on how to ensure you’re doing it right.

Smoke alarms can be checked every couple of months for a build up of dust and cobwebs, the best way to ensure that your smoke alarm is clean and to alleviate false alarms is to use the vacuum. A quick going over will ensure you get out any build up of fibres, dust and cobwebs.

Aim to clean your alarms every 2-3 months. This may need to happen more regularly if they are in places that are extra dusty such as garages or workshops.

Photoelectric alarms work by using an optical light, once that light is scattered the alarm will sound; If smoke can’t enter the chamber because it is blocked the alarm simply won’t be able to detect a fire.

Do not use surface cleaners, spraying liquid into your alarm might compromise it.

Once you have cleaned the smoke alarm, make sure you test that it is still working. CAVIUS devices have a 30-day low battery warning, increasing your chances of identifying that your smoke alarms need to be replaced.

Other important facts you need to know

  • You could encounter false alarms from dust or bugs living inside the smoke alarm chamber if not maintained regularly.
  • Smoke alarms shouldn’t be placed in the kitchen as cooking fats and grease can clog it up (a thermal heat alarm is recommended for these areas instead).
  • Thermal heat alarms need to be cleaned regularly too.
  • Never paint over a smoke or thermal heat alarm as this could interfere with detection.
  • Always aim to place smoke alarms in the middle of the room on the ceiling.
  • In the kitchen, place thermal heat alarms one step back from the oven and on the ceiling.
  • Make sure you have a Fire Escape Plan so you know what to do if a fire happens in your home.
  • If you have a large home, or more than one level, the CAVIUS Wireless range of smoke and thermal heat alarms provide added protection by connecting to one another (when one alarm triggers, they will all sound).

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