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Why Is My Smoke Detector Blinking Red?

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You’re going about your day — making dinner, doing laundry, or just lounging — when you notice your smoke detector blinking red. You start to worry that it’s broken or that it’s detected a fire but the alarm isn’t going off.

Don’t panic — there are a lot of reasons a smoke detector could start to blink red. Different manufacturers use static and blinking lights to help indicate if a smoke detector is working properly, needs replacement, or simply needs maintenance.

Check out a few of the reasons your smoke detector might start blinking red and learn how to install and maintain one in your home.

Reasons Your Smoke Detector Might be Blinking Red

Most smoke detectors have an indicator light that is used to keep you updated on the status of your alarm. You should always read the instructions that come with a smoke detector to better understand what different light colors and blinking patterns mean for that model and brand. Knowing how each part of your fire safety equipment works — including indicator lights — can help you protect your family and property from fire.

Smoke Detector Maintenance Tips

Although smoke detectors require a lot less maintenance than a lot of safety equipment, you still need to regularly check your detectors to make sure they’re working. Regularly testing and maintaining your smoke alarms lowers the risk of a false alarm — or worse — an alarm that doesn’t go off when a fire starts.

Protecting Your Home from Fire Damage

Your smoke detectors are an important safety feature in your home. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, making sure your smoke detectors work properly can help you stay safe in case of a fire. When you hear your smoke detector alarm go off, check your home for signs of a fire.

If you find signs of a serious fire, leave the home immediately. Don’t try to grab your belongings or change clothes. Once in a safe location, call the fire department to come and put out the flames.

While your smoke detector can’t stop a fire from starting or spreading, they do reduce your risk of being injured in a fire. If a fire does start, your insurance should help cover the cost of damages to your home and belongings. Be sure that you have adequate homeowners insurance or renters coverage now so you’re protected in case of a fire. Talk with your Wawanesa agent to learn more about property coverage and its importance in a fire today.

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