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How can you test your smoke alarm?

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Smoke alarms, or detectors, are something that every home should have – they can save your life! It’s important that your smoke alarm is working correctly, which is why it needs to be tested at least every year. Here is all the information you need about testing your smoke alarm.

What are smoke alarms for?

A smoke alarm is a device that can detect smoke in case of a fire. If smoke is detected then a loud alarm will sound, designed to alert anyone in the home, or wake up those that are asleep.

What kind of smoke alarm do you have?

Smoke alarms come in different types and models, here’s a quick breakdown of the different types:

Optical – This type of alarm can be quite pricey but is often more reliable. When smoke enters through the opening vents, the alarm sound is triggered; they check for smoke particles in the air are less likely to set off false alarms because of their accuracy.

Ionisation – This type of alarm is cheap and widely available. They quickly detect fast-growing fires and are very sensitive to smoke particles – as a result, they can have the tendency to trigger false alarms, especially when used near the kitchen.

Most often, smoke alarms are battery-powered. However, you can also get alarms that are powered by the mains in your house – this type needs to be installed by a qualified electrition.

Testing

The best way to test your smoke alarm is by pressing the visible ‘test’ button; press and hold this button until you hear the alarm sound. It should be loud and piercing – if it’s not, or if you are unable to hear the alarm, then you will need to replace the batteries or consider a replacement model. Make sure to alert anyone who is home with you that you will be testing the smoke alarm, so they don’t get a nasty surprise!

It’s important that your smoke alarm is working at all times, so you should test it at least every year. If your smoke alarm is battery-powered then it is useful to check the batteries every month – to avoid doing this you may want to invest in long-life batteries.

If you would like to get a new smoke alarm installed into your home, then contact us at EJS Electrical today – we’ll be happy to help!

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Electrical Emergency – What to expect from a call out

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We all take the smooth running of our homes for granted. Our electricity supply is always there, keeping our homes warm, flooded with light and powered up for using the internet or watching the television. So when something goes wrong, our lives can be turned upside down. Fortunately, many electrical companies offer emergency call outs to help us during this difficult time. Below we explore what you should expect from such a call out.

Safety is the priority

The first step that any emergency electrician will take is to ensure that your property is safe. This will involve cutting the electrical supply to the property if you haven’t already done so. Once you and your property are safe they can then begin to tackle the problem.

Assess what is wrong

The electrician will introduce themselves and then begin to quickly assess what is wrong. Different types of electrical emergency require different actions.

When there are exposed wires

Exposed electrical wires are a threat to life and require emergency action. There is a risk of fire and electrocution. Your emergency electrician will isolate any problem and make the property safe.

When you have no power

If your property suffers a power cut, but the surrounding area is unaffected, then this is a problem with your electrical wiring. The emergency electrician will quickly discover the problem with your wiring and will be able to make the system safe once again. If there is a major fault then they may make a temporary solution until the problem can be fixed.

When you smell burning

If you see smoke or smell any burning near wall sockets, the fuse box or any electrical outlets, then you need to call an emergency electrician. They will turn off the main electricity supply and quickly get to the bottom of the problem, as there will be an issue somewhere within the electrical system.

Here at EJS Electrical, we provide both domestic and commercial customers with an electrical emergency call out service. To learn more please do visit the website or give us a call on 01793 238806 or 07725 228145.