False Fire Alarms
I personally get a number of calls throughout the year from people asking about home fire alarms. Most of the time, these alarms are the combination carbon monoxide and fire detectors, and the units are relatively easy to install, providing essential protection in the event of carbon monoxide build-up or a sudden fire.
The issue that most people experience with the “kidde” combination units, is that they regularly go off in the middle of the night for no reason, whether you’re watching television or trying to get to sleep. After experiencing the same problem myself, I decided to perform a close analysis of the instructions – something that most people fail to do.
Every fire alarm is different. Aside from simply having different features, some fire alarms also come with different methods for testing the unit itself. With a “kidde” combination fire and carbon monoxide detector, it is possible to test the unit by simply pressing and holding the “test” button. However, you can also test the system using your television remote.
If your Alarm Goes off in the Middle of the Night
The instructions suggest that if your alarm is spontaneously going off without any apparent cause, there are a number of things you should consider. First of all, find out if any garages in your area use remote-control, or if people in your neighborhood use automatic starters for their vehicle. If you disable the infrared (IR) control feature on your alarm, you may be able to experience a much sounder sleep, without worrying about your alarm waking the whole household.
False Fire Alarm
Instructions on how to disable your IR remote control on your fire alarm.
If disabling the infrared doesn’t work, the problem may be that your unit has started to age. Typically, a fire alarm will last for between five and seven years unless otherwise stated on the packaging. Some units will provide a signal which informs you when you should replace your product.
Usually, the biggest favor that you can do for yourself when maintaining any important device is reading the instructions that come with it. Knowing exactly how a product works can be essential, especially if that product has an impact on the safety of your home, and family.
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