Whether you are looking to install new smoke detectors or need to replace your current detectors, our experts are here to help you install your devices safely and efficiently. Our team of licensed electricians at Kobalt Systems is happy to discuss the different smoke and carbon monoxide detector options in detail and can help you choose the best device for your home. We can install devices that you have previously purchased, or we can supply you with quality products from trusted manufacturers.
We proudly serve homeowners throughout Victoria and Southern Vancouver Island, BC.
Residential Smoke Detector Requirements in British Columbia
Under the British Columbia Fire Code smoke alarms are mandatory in all dwellings. Every home should have a smoke alarm outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. The National Fire Alarm Code developed by NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), requires a smoke alarm or smoke detector in each sleeping room for new construction. On floors without bedrooms, alarms should be installed in or near living areas, such as family rooms, living room and home offices. Always check local government bylaws for any further installation requirements.
While carbon monoxide alarms are not mandatory in BC, It is recommended that detectors be installed if a home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. Fuel-burning appliances can include furnaces, hot water heaters, gas or wood fireplaces, portable fuel-burning heaters, stoves and vehicles. Known as the “silent killer” carbon monoxide is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly.
The licensed electricians at Kobalt Systems can help you identify the appropriate smoke, carbon monoxide and natural gas alarm installation sites and set up your new detectors according to code and manufacturer guidelines.
Smoke Detector Testing and Maintenance:
To make sure your smoke detectors continue to work efficiently, monthly testing is recommended.
Simply push the “test” button on the device to hear the alarm sound. If the alarm fails to come on after pushing the test button, try replacing the batteries; if that still doesn’t work, the problem may be caused by faulty wiring and will need professional service.
It’s a good idea to replace your smoke detectors every 10 years, and the batteries once a year.