Way back in 1890, a former associate of the famous Thomas Edison, Francis Robbins Upton invented and patented the very first automatic fire alarm. Across the pond, in 1902, George Andrew Darby invented the world’s first smoke detector. While both of these inventions were very basic, they set the groundwork for the smoke detectors we all have in our homes that save countless lives every year. A smoke detector can be what saves you, your family, and/or your pets from serious injury or possible death due to a fire, especially in the night. Maintaining all fire alarms in your home is extremely important. Smoke detectors are required in homes in Las Vegas and the entire state of Arizona. Even if they weren’t, you should definitely have them installed throughout your home!
If you have the most common type of smoke detector which takes a 9V battery, it is always smart to check them once a year to make sure they are working properly. While fire alarms usually beep to inform you when their battery is low, in the case of some mechanical or battery failure, you might be dealing with a powerless smoke detector with no warning. Usually, smoke detectors are equipped with a test button on their face. Hold this button down, and wait for the beep. If there is no beep, remove and replace the battery and ensure a beep is heard when long-pressing the button now. If not, you may need to replace your smoke detector. If this is a commercial smoke detector that is hardwired and is not testing properly, give us a call and we can come out and make sure your fire alarm system is functioning properly.
These days they have smoke alarms available that have built in batteries that last for ten years. While they cost more upfront, they come with the benefit of mostly worry-free smoke detection. We still recommend testing them at least once a year to make sure they are running properly. Certain states have already begun to require these new alarms in new homes and rented properties. While we have not got there yet in Las Vegas, it could be coming soon.
If you have a commercial system that you would like repaired or just checked, we would be happy to assist. We can ensure you are following all current rules and regulations as well.