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Why Is My Smoke Alarm Blinking?

carbon monoxide detector on wallYou’ve probably seen it before: You walk into a room and 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 it, and you think, “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 residential smoke alarm blinks. This indicates that the battery/power supply is working properly. 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 faster than that, it probably means it’s functioning in “hush mode,” which means the alarm was silenced for some reason.

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 to fix the problem.

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

Don’t become part of one of those staggering statistics.

Call Lon Lockwood Electric today and ask for a free consultation with an expert about smoke and carbon dioxide detectors.