Last month Hubby Tony had an electrician come to the house and give us an estimate for some work. While they were walking through the house, the electrician pointed out that our smoke detectors looked old. He said they should be replaced every ten years. That job wasn't on the estimate list, but it was probably time to have it done.
Our house was built about 25 years old, and when we purchased it from the original owners a couple of years later it came with a hardwired, interconnected alarm system. Somewhere in the mid-90s those alarms were recalled. The company sent replacements for the five units (two on the main level, two upstairs, and one in the basement) which I swapped out for the defective ones.
Tony scheduled the detector replacement work, and today we had the new equipment installed. We got four dual sensor smoke alarms, which have both ionization and photoelectric detectors to alert us quickly to any type of fire, and one for the basement that also monitors the area for carbon monoxide problems. All of them have a battery backup so now we're now ready for any fire-related contingencies that might occur.
Just like I did with the old ones I'll test these on a regular basis. I hope that's the only time I hear them go off.
Five years ago today: A Good Impression