Maintaining working smoke alarms in your San Antonio, TX rental property is a legal requirement, and it’s a good idea to test those alarms before a tenant moves in. If your smoke alarm is not working properly, you need to replace it for the tenant’s safety and for the protection of your rental home.
Smoke Alarm Tests
You need to test your alarm in order to make sure it can detect smoke. Pressing the test button on your smoke detector is not the best way to test it. While the alarm will sound, that only confirms that the electrical component is working. You won’t know if it can detect smoke unless you actually put some smoke in front of it. Try using a can of smoke in order to test your smoke alarms. You can buy this product in stores, online or you can hire a third party to come out and test your alarms. Using a can of smoke is a far more reliable method of testing your smoke detector than simply pressing a button.
Smoke Alarm Shelf Life
You might not know it, but smoke detectors do have a shelf life and they can expire after a certain amount of time. The lifespan of a smoke detector depends on the model you have, and the manufacturer. According to the National Fire Protection Association, you should change your fire alarm every 10 years.
If you have any questions about how to test your fire alarm or what you need to do with your smoke detectors between tenants, contact Bluefax Realty.