Electrical Services

Smoke Detectors

Where To Install Smoke Alarms

Information Provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission

What The Experts Say

US Fire Administration: Smoke alarms should be replaced every 8 to 10 years. 

Replace detector batteries every 6 months

Federal Emergency Management Agency: Most alarms installed today have a lifespan of about 8 to 10 years. After this time, the entire unit should be replaced. 

National Fire Protection Association: Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hardwired alarms, when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly. 

Consumer Product Safety Commission: Replace alarms every 10 years, or follow the manufacturer’s replacement instructions.

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