In recent months, the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District has been experiencing an increase in the volume of responses related to the malfunction of Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors. These incidents have been primarily in the Crossroads subdivision in the City of Riverbank.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors should be tested at least once a month and batteries should be replaced at least twice a year.
The Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District recommends that all batteries get replaced when we change the time on our clocks. This allows for an easy reminder of when to make the appropriate changes. In addition, the life expectancy of Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors are generally 8-10 years, after which point their sensors can begin to lose sensitivity.
The test button only confirms that the battery, electronics, and alert system are working; it doesn’t mean that the sensor is working.
If you feel that your Smoke Detector or Carbon Monoxide detector is reaching its life expectancy, check the manufactures date on the back panel of the detector. If it was manufactured between 8-10 years ago, it is recommended that the detector is replaced.
Generally, batteries and new detectors can be purchased at any hardware, or home improvement store.