Smoke detectors are an inexpensive way to protect your home, family, and property from a damaging fire.
They are designed to signal a loud alarm when smoke reaches the detector, which is used as an indicator
that there may be a fire somewhere inside. While overly sensitive smoke detectors can sometimes be a
nuisance while cooking, nonfunctional smoke detectors are a much greater danger to residents because
they fail to properly warn people of an impending threat.
Smoke detectors are legally required in every residential building. When you are looking to buy or rent
a residence, always check to make sure that smoke detectors are present. It is a good idea to check
your smoke detectors every month to make sure that they are still functioning, and replace the batteries
twice a year. Most smoke detectors can be easily tested by pressing the test button on the cover. However,
it is best to test smoke detectors with a candle by wafting smoke towards the detector. If the detector
fails to sound an alarm, replace the batteries immediately and then test it again. If it still fails
to signal an alarm, replace the entire detector with a new one.
Sometimes smoke detectors fail suddenly. Even if the battery is good, the device itself may stop detecting
smoke. A smoke detector defect can put your home and your family in great danger. When a fire goes undetected
because of a defective sensor, the detector manufacturer may be liable for any injuries and damages
caused by an undetected fire. Alternatively, if you lease a property and your landlord has agreed to
test and replace smoke detectors regularly, he or she may be liable for fire damage caused by a smoke
detector that was not properly maintained.
If you have suffered injuries or damages from a nonfunctional smoke detector, someone may be liable
for the accident and you may be entitled to compensation. To learn more about smoke detector malfunctions
and accident liability, please contact the experienced Waukesha personal injury attorneys
of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® today at (800) 242-2874.