If you hear beeping or chirping you may need to change your smoke detector battery.
First off, let’s get the lingo straight: what are commonly referred to as smoke detectors, are actually smoke alarms. Usually battery-powered, sometimes hard-wired, a smoke alarm unit emits its own signals.
By contrast, a smoke detector is a device that is hardwired into a fully-integrated fire alarm system. It sends a signal to the fire alarm panel, which then activates an alarm.
However, because the two words have become pretty much interchangeable, we’ll let this picky distinction slide for now. If a smoke alarm or smoke detector in your building is chirping or beeping, it’s usually a sign of a low battery or a tripped breaker.
With a battery-powered smoke alarm, 9-volt batteries are standard and need to be replaced every six months. Less-common lithium batteries need to be replaced every ten years.
Although we check batteries whenever we do an annual inspection, battery failure can occur in the interim. For many smoke alarms and detectors, a battery replacement is a fairly easy task if you follow these simple steps:
Smoke detectors or smoke alarms in most public buildings are hard-wired. If they are beeping or chirping, this usually indicates a problem with the fuse or breaker. Check the circuit panel to ensure a breaker hasn’t tripped or a fuse hasn’t blown. If the fuses and breakers are intact, it could be faulty wiring or your detector could simply have reached the end of its life. In those instances, you may need an expert to troubleshoot the system.
Smoke detectors and smoke alarms are key to saving lives and minimizing property damage in the event of a fire; but only if they’re fully functioning. If one or more of the devices in your system is still beeping or chirping even after you’ve changed batteries and checked breakers, contact us and we’ll find a solution!
Contact us today via our form to the left or call 604-590-0149.
There has recently been an important product recall on the Gems 3100 Pressure Detectors/Transducers. Anyone currently using this product is to stop using it ASAP so as to prevent injury or death. It is also prohibited to re-sell a recalled product. There were aproximitely 25,000 units sold between January 2006 through February 2012 for about $250.
This product regulates water pressure as part of a fire pump controller in a fire suppression sprinkler system. The transducer for the 3100 product series has been reported to incorrectly detect water pressure in the event of a fire.
All consumers are being asked to contact Gems directly to receive a bi-monthly inspection and information for a free replacement transducer, if approved. They can be reached toll-free at (855) 877-9666, between 8a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is currently accepting incident reports. They can be reached at 1-800-638-2772. There are currently no injuries reported.
Please contact us at Active Fire & Safety Services if you would like more information. 604 590-0149