How Do I Fix an Old Hard Wired Smoke Detector?

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Fixing an old hard wired smoke detector is very important, as detectors may be all that stands between you and disaster. Fix an old hard wired smoke detector with help from a certified firefighter in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Gabriel Williams. I'm a certified firefighter in the state of Illinois, and today we're going to talk about how to fix a hardwired smoke detector. Now remember, if you have hardwired smoke detectors in your home, that means that it is not a model like this. It is a model that has wires that are actually going up either into your wall or your ceiling connected and it's running off of the same electricity that your home is running off of. It may also have a battery backup in it in the event of a power failure, but in some cases an old hardwired smoke detector won't even have a battery backup. If that smoke detector is alarming or chirping, there's different things that you do in those two events. If it's actually going off and alarming you could potentially have smoke or a fire in your home or workplace. In that event, you want to get out of the house and call 911, let them know that your smoke detector is going off but you didn't smell smoke or see fire. If you did smell smoke or see fire then obviously tell them that as well. Now, if your hardwired smoke alarm is chirping every ten seconds, every 45 seconds, whatever interval it's chirping at, this could mean a poor connection in the wires or it could mean a low battery in the smoke detector. If you have a user's manual to the hardwired smoke detector, check that to see what the individual alarm that it's giving you means. If the smoke detector is going off and there's no smoke and there's no fire, there may be some other type of problem with it. It may be malfunctioning or it may need to be cleaned. The best thing to do in this event is call your local fire department, call the nonemergency phone number and ask them to come and take a look at it. They can troubleshoot the problem a lot better than sometimes you can on your own. It never hurts to ask the fire department to come and check out and do something like this for you. We don't mind doing it at all. I know a lot of this stuff seems like common sense, but it's only common sense if it's common to you and now it is. I'm Gabriel Williams, and we've been talking about how to fix a hardwired smoke detector.

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