Fire Alarm FAQ

  1. What types of fire alarms are available? There are several types of fire alarms, including ionization, photoelectric, and dual-sensor alarms. Ionization alarms are best at detecting fast-moving, flaming fires, while photoelectric alarms are better at detecting smoldering fires. Dual-sensor alarms combine both types of detection for increased safety.
  2. How often should I test my fire alarm? Fire alarms should be tested monthly to ensure they are working properly. In addition, they should be professionally inspected and tested annually by a qualified technician.
  3. How long do fire alarms last? The lifespan of a fire alarm depends on the type and manufacturer. Typically, ionization alarms last around 10 years, while photoelectric alarms can last up to 15 years. It’s important to replace your fire alarms when they reach the end of their lifespan to ensure they are functioning properly.
  4. How many fire alarms do I need in my home or building? The number of fire alarms needed in a home or building depends on its size and layout. At a minimum, there should be a fire alarm on every level of the building and in every bedroom. Commercial requirements are different in every state.
  5. Can I install my own fire alarm? While it is possible to install a fire alarm on your own, it is recommended that you hire a qualified technician to ensure that the alarm is installed properly and in compliance with local codes and regulations. Commercial fire alarms are required to be inspected by the Fire Marshall in order to be compliant with Life Safety Standards in your area.
  6. What should I do if my fire alarm goes off? If your fire alarm goes off, evacuate the building immediately and call 911. Do not re-enter the building until it has been cleared by the fire department.

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