Real Estate: Smoke & CO Detectors

Did you Know?

You are four times more likely to survive a home fire if you have a working smoke alarm.

You may have less than three minutes to escape.

Smoke spreads fast, and smoke alarms alert you to the danger and give you time to get out.

Smoke Detectors

As the end of your smoke detector’s battery life draws near, a high-pitched ‘chirp’ will likely serve as a reminder that it’s time to install a fresh set of batteries. It is recommended to test the batteries at least once a month. Simply push the test button and make sure your alarms sound when tested. If they do not sound, they need to be replaced. What many don’t realize is that smoke detectors need to be replaced 10 years from their date of manufacture.

Ensuring your smoke alarms will be heard loud and clear in the event of an emergency, it’s important to install them in the right places throughout your home. Install one in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home. For the best protection, have all of your smoke detectors interconnected. When one sounds, they’ll all sound. Working smoke detectors less than 10 years old are required on each level of the home before it can be sold.

CO Detectors

A carbon monoxide alarm (CO) detects carbon monoxide and produces a distinctive audible alert when CO is detected. It may be a standalone unit or part of an alarm system. If a home has a CO source such as a gas furnace, CO alarms are required before it can be sold. Replace them if they are older than 10 years.

Homes built during or after 2011 require a CO alarm regardless of the presence of a CO source.

By Dave Hiller, Broker: For more information, contact me at 503-729-8797, or visit