How to Install a Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector
You might have heard of the old saying, “Better safe than sorry”, which, means you should do everything to keep yourselves safe rather than simply planning to face it. Do you know that majority of the fire accidents could be avoided if smoke detectors were installed? Most people even today consider installing smoke detectors waste of money and time. However, purchasing a smoke detector ad installing it is not an easy task for a newbie. Some devices are designed in such a way that only experts can install it. Nevertheless, to make things easier for you, here are some of the common procedures of installing a smoke detector.
Step 1: – choose the right location; it is very important where you install the smoke detectors. If the smoke detector has to function efficiently, then, you should place the smoke detector in the right place. It is best recommended you install the detectors in the middle of a room. If the room is too big, install more than one or two detectors.
Step 2: – if you are planning to install a CO detector, then know the fact that these detectors work only if they are clean. Therefore, it is better that you install the CO detectors where the pollution is comparatively very low.
Step 3: – if you have an indoor furnace, hallways, and any other place where a fire could start, then make sure you install a CO detector near it. However, it is very important that you do not install it very close to the fire and it would start giving off false alarms. Once you have already identified and decided where to mount the detectors, follow the steps below.
Step 4: – measure the distance between mounting holes on the detectors and then drill the holes on the ceiling using the same measurement obtained.
Step 5: – screw-in the mounting bracket on the ceiling and you can refer the user manual for some assistance. Some mounting bracket has a complicated installation procedure.
Step 6: – Now, attach the rest of the detector on the mounting bracket as instructed on the manual. Note: Different brands and model comes designed to be installed in different ways.
The above-mentioned installation method is for wireless and battery-powered smoke and CO detectors, however, the installation of a wired smoke detector is slightly different. The smoke detectors can be installed only after the connection to the power source and the central unit is laid.
Things to remember while installing the smoke and CO detector –
- Smoke detectors require regular maintenance, so, it is very important that you install it somewhere you can access it with ease.
- If you are using a battery powdered detector, then, consider changing the batteries every twice a year.
- Before installing a CO detector, check if the chemical inside the detector is intact; only if it is intact install the product. Without the chemicals, the detector will not work properly.
The above-mentioned installation steps are common for all the smoke and CO detectors. However, some brands could add changes to the way their products are installed, therefore, it is very important that you read the user manual and do the installation.