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Smoke Detectors Expire

Hatch Pro Tip of the Week:

Did you know that smoke detectors have an expiration date just like food?

Smoke detectors lose sensitivity over time and the average detector is only built to last 8-10 years. As a rule of thumb, you should press the test button on all detectors in your home each month, and change the batteries every year (even if it’s not beeping). When you install a new detector ALWAYS write the date you installed it in permanent marker on the back side (facing the ceiling) so you can remember to replace it at least every 10 years.

Check your smoke detectors today to ensure you don’t have the problem I found in a property I recently started to manage where two detectors showed expiration dates of 2001 and 2002 and wouldn’t stop beeping even after new batteries were installed.

Hatch Property Management performs annual and semi-annual inspections of their rental properties and smoke detectors are always checked for proper performance.

Test button should be pressed monthly to emit a loud beep. This ensures your batteries are still good and the smoke detector is working properly.

Test button should be pressed monthly to emit a loud beep. This ensures your batteries are still good and the smoke detector is working properly.

Each smoke detector has an expiration date. This one expired back on July 22, 2002!

Each smoke detector has an expiration date. This one expired back on July 22, 2002!

This smoke detector expired June 7, 2001!

This smoke detector expired June 7, 2001!

Posted by: hatchpm on December 18, 2015
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