Smoke Detectors: How Long Do They Last?

It is no secret that smoke detectors are an important part of fire safety. But every so often, we see that once they are installed, they become an afterthought. The fact of the matter is that they are useless if they don’t work efficiently. Many injuries and even deaths are caused annually by malfunctioning smoke detectors. And the culprit – missing or dead batteries.

The bottom line is that smoke detectors need maintenance periodically. You can’t install them and forget about them if you want them to continue working.

There are numerous smoke detectors on the market today. From basic models to more advanced units featuring digital displays that are connected to all other units in the building. No matter which model you prefer to use, inspect them regularly to ensure that the batteries are working. Monthly checks and testing would be sufficient while battery replacements should happen on an annual basis.

The Lifespan of Smoke Detectors

In most cases, the lifespan of smoke detectors are 8 to 10 years with annual battery replacements. Should your unit come with a lithium battery, the entire unit will have to be replaced after 10 years.

The Lifespan of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

These units only last between 5 to 7 years. In most cases, they should be replaced at the 5-year mark since they could lose the ability to detect carbon monoxide after that.

When it comes to the safety of your business and employees, anything less than accurate and constant fire monitoring and detection just won’t do. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are not effective on their own and should be used as part of a bigger fire protection system. While they are excellent at warning visitors and employees of impending danger, they can’t contain or extinguish fires.

If you’re in the market to upgrade your fire alarm monitoring system or would like to book an inspection, feel free to get in touch with the team at FSD today!