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Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Safety: A Q&A with Dan Mock

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors…We have them in our home, on every floor, their softly blinking light assuring us that we’re safe and sound. That if there was an emergency, we would be alerted. It’s easy to grow complacent, to take for granted that our detectors are always in working order and watching out for us.

Luckily, there are some simple and surefire ways to guarantee you and your family’s day-to-day safety. For a professional opinion, we turned to Dan Mock, Brand Manager for Mister Sparky, to share the best practices for smoke and carbon monoxide detection

How long often should you change your smoke detectors?

They have a lifespan of 10 years. In fact, they have an expiration date.

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Your carbon monoxide (CO) detectors?

C0 detectors last either 5 or 7 years depending on manufacturer and also come with an expiration date.

How many smoke detectors should I have per floor and where are the best places to have them?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends homes should have smoke alarms installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. So that means a 2-story, 3-bedroom house needs a minimum of five.

How many carbon monoxide detectors?

For complete coverage, at least one carbon monoxide detector must be installed on each floor of your home, including the basement. You'll also want to consider adding a detector in your garage if it's attached to your home. And most importantly, install a carbon monoxide detector inside or directly outside of each bedroom or sleeping area.

There are combination Fire/CO detectors available too.

Is there a recommended type of detector?

Hardwired detectors are recommended. They only rely on the battery only for power outages.

Is it easy to get detectors installed?

Of course! just call Mister Sparky

What kinds of problems can happen if I do it myself?

Really, the only option for most DIY’ers is the battery-only models, which solely rely on batteries, and are not a dual-powered (A/C and battery) like the hardwired models.

Why should I trust a professional?

Mister Sparky experts are licensed, trained, and equipped to install a complete system.

For more information or to speak to your local expert, contact Mister Sparky!