How to Maintain Your Fire Alarms

When most people think of building security, they think of protecting the property from intruders. However, a robust security system also includes measures to protect you and your property from natural hazards such as fire.

Our team at Carolina Security Technologies offers high-quality fire alarms that will help keep your building and everyone in it safe. While our fire alarms are built to last, to get the best results, you will need to perform some regular maintenance. In this article, we will explain how to maintain your fire alarms to ensure they always alert you to danger.

  • Test the Alarms- In order to make sure your fire alarms are working properly, you will need to test them. Our team recommends that you test your alarms once a month, checking that each sensor is fully functional and that the alarm triggers immediately.
  • Change the Batteries- Another key step in fire alarm maintenance is to replace the batteries. Some fire alarms have automatic alerts that will let you know when the batteries are running low, and when you hear this sound, you should replace the old batteries with new ones right away. Other models of fire alarms don’t have automatic alerts, and for these, we recommend changing the batteries at least once a year.
  • Clean the Sensors- A third thing that we recommend as part of fire alarm maintenance is regularly cleaning the sensors to keep them free of dust, dirt, and other clogs. This ensures that smoke particles will be able to reach the sensors and that the sensors can trigger the alarm as soon as possible. To do this, use the brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner and set the vacuum on a low setting to gently remove all the debris that may be trapped in the vents of the alarm case.