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Do you really need to replace smoke detectors every 10 years?
Smoke alarm lifespans can vary, but according to the association, smoke alarms need to be replaced at least every 10 years. According to Carli, that lack of awareness means some U.S. homes may have smoke alarms that have passed their expiration dates, putting people at increased risk in the event of a home fire.
How do you know if a smoke detector is going bad?
Press and hold the test button on the smoke detector. It can take a few seconds to begin, but a loud, ear-piercing siren should emanate from the smoke detector while the button is pressed. If the sound is weak or nonexistent, replace your batteries.
Do all smoke detectors expire?
Smoke Alarms Eventually Expire
The National Fire Protection Association recommends that you replace your smoke alarms every ten years. This is because the sensors eventually degrade in quality to the point where they’re no longer effective.
Why do smoke detectors only last 10 years?
It likely has to do with the lifetime of the hardware itself. Remember, there’s a circuit board and a light source, as well as a detector. Those don’t last forever. So the manufacturer certifies the device will work for only 10 years, and then (in some modern units) sets a hard sunset by using an unreplacable battery.