Smoke Detector Testing And Home Security Problems
If you have smoke detectors that are hooked up to a home security
system, you should check with them before doing any types of smoke
detector testing. The last thing that you're going to want happening to
you or your family is the fire department arriving in front of your
home, simply because you were testing the smoke detectors and never
You should check with your home security system provider, to see if they actually perform these types of tests annually or on a semi annual basis. If you have a home security system company and your smoke detectors are hooked up to this system, you need to find out who is going to be responsible for checking them.
It's not a well known fact, but smoke detectors do fail and the older that a smoke detector is, the less likely that it will operate effectively. You could always check with your smoke detector manufacturer for more information about this, but I have seen it firsthand.
If your smoke detector isn't working properly, what's the use of having it in your home? If your home security system provider isn't going to check your smoke detectors, you need to find out from them, how to do it effectively. If they don't have a method for checking these devices to make sure they operate efficiently and properly, you might want to contact your local fire department to see if they can help you.
If it's a nightmare to do this type of testing on your home security system, maybe you should find another provider. Like I said earlier, what's the point of having smoke detectors if they're not working and no one knows whether they're working efficiently or not?