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Why Is My Smoke Alarm Blinking?

You’ve probably seen it before: you walk into a room and take a look up at the ceiling only to notice there’s a smoke alarm. Nothing strange about that, right? But then you notice there’s a red light blinking on the device and you think to yourself “why is that smoke alarm blinking and why is the light red? That could be a problem, right?”

Why Do Smoke Alarms Blink?

Just about every single residential smoke alarm blinks. This indicates that the battery/power supply is working properly. With that said, a red light will flash all the time if it’s operating correctly, but only about once or twice every minute or so. If it’s blinking more frequently than that, it probably means that it’s functioning in “hush mode” which means the alarm was silenced for a particular reason.

What Does The Green Light Mean?

You may also notice your smoke alarm has a green light. This means that AC power is operating the smoke alarm so if it goes out, it means the power has been interrupted. If this is the case, check the circuit breaker and the wiring in order to fix the problem.

According to yearly data, some 485 Americans lose their life to house fires and more than 2,305 get injured. Having a working smoke detector system properly installed by professional electricians will provide superior protection to you and your family.

Don’t become a part of one of those staggering statistics. Call Lon Lockwood Electric today and ask for free consultation with an expert about smoke and carbon dioxide detectors.