1Alarm System Tips
2 Smoke Detector Tips
Smoke detectors are extremely annoying when they start to beep for what appears to be no apparent reason. Some common causes for smoke detectors to ring are:
- Dust. Dust finds its way into every open crevasse in your home. That means it can also build up in smoke detectors. A can of compressed air can be a great asset if this occurs. It is the only way to force enough air through the smoke detector to clear the lens of the smoke detector. If this does not work to clear the sensor, it may need to be replaced.
- Bugs. Small flies & spiders often make themselves at home inside smoke detectors. This is particularly an issue in cottages. Your can of compressed air would come in handy to clear the detector.
- Steam. If your smoke detector is exposed to steam (like that from a bathroom door being opened after a hot shower), the lens of the detector could get covered with steam. It cannot differentiate between smoke & steam, it just knows the lens is covered so it will trip. Fanning the sensor will sometimes help. Otherwise you may just have to wait until the steam clears.
3 Unknown Beeping
Just because you have unknown beeping in your home, it does not mean that the beeping is coming from a component of your security system. It could be coming from any item in your home that requires a back-up battery, like a non-monitored smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector (even if it is in a box in your closet), or a water treatment system.
4 Personal Emergency Alarm
If you have a Personal Emergency Alarm, you should test it regularly. Please call 705.426.2000 or 800.263.4240 to advise that you would like to test your unit. Our dispatcher will give you a call when we receive the emergency alarm at our central station. We recommend that you test your personal alarm once per month.