Blogs from July, 2017


Is Your Smoke Detector Working Properly?

Let's start off with a few important facts that many people do not realize.

FACT: 10-Year-Old Smoke Detectors Are Expired*

FACT: 10-Year-Old Smoke Detectors Have a 30%+ Chance of Failure**

Solution? Increase the Safety of Your Home & Family: Get One Professionally Installed Smoke Detector—and We Will Provide 1 FREE of charge!

Dear Homeowner,

The US Fire Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Fire Protection Association, and Consumer Product Safety Commission all agree: If your smoke detectors are 10 years of age or older, you cannot count on them to alert you to a fire.

This is Bob Jones from Sylvester Electric. I’m doing my best to alert as many people as possible to some eye-opening news: Your smoke detectors may not be working—and if they’re not, your home and family are at risk. In fact, your 10+-year-old smoke detectors have a 30% chance of failure!** That percentage gets larger after every passing year!

You May Not Have Enough Smoke Detectors

You might have one smoke detector in your home… however, that does not mean that your home has adequate protection should a fire develop. For example, only 21% of fires occur between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Yet those fires cause 51% of the fatalities that occur every single year.***

Why? Not only do people have smoke detectors that are not working; they don’t have enough smoke detectors—most one-level, three-bedroom homes have should have at least five smoke detectors at the very least. There should be a smoke detector in every single bedroom plus just outside any general sleeping areas, such as the hallways that connect those bedrooms. If your home has multiple levels, you should have at least one smoke detector on each level.

Have Your Smoke Detectors Professionally Installed Today!

Among the top reasons for smoke detector failure is poor installation. It’s not worth your time or the immense risk to go to a big-box store, buy smoke detectors, try to install them yourself, and hope that they work. If you have a hard-wired system, you risk installing detectors that are not compatible with the wiring, rendering them useless. That’s why the National Fire Protection Agency states: “Alarms that are hard-wired (and include battery backup) must be installed by a qualified electrician.”

If you’ve continued to read until this point of the letter, it’s likely because: 1.) You realize that the smoke detectors in your home may be expired, and/or 2.) Your home does not have enough smoke detectors to provide your family with proper protection.

Thankfully, Sylvester Electric can help. Give me a call today at (978) 910-0021!

If you call Sylvester Electric to be your qualified electrician:

  • You’ll get smoke detectors that provide the best protection
  • You’ll get exactly as many smoke detectors as your home needs to protect your family
  • You’ll get expert installation by the best electricians in town, who are highly trained, background checked, and drug free, per Sylvester Electric’s stringent standards

You might be asking yourself: why is he offering these smoke detectors at such a low price? The reason is simple: home fires are not a matter to take lightly, and I want to do my part to serve the community. If I lose a few dollars to just save one life, it will be well worth it.

Nick Sylvester
Owner, Sylvester Electric
(978) 910-0021

P.S. While my electrician is installing your new smoke detectors, you also will receive a complimentary Home Electrical Safety Inspection! One of the top reasons for home fires is electrical problems. During a Home Electrical Safety Inspection, my electrician will check for any present electrical failures. Specifically, we will check your electrical panel for any hidden, early signs of burning, and we’ll make sure to tighten your breakers to guarantee they work properly. Remember: it’s always better to catch an issue before it’s a problem.

P.P.S. For more information on the dangers of expired smoke detectors—including an informational video—please go to our website, and click on the link.

* According to the National Fire Protection Association
** According to the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center
*** According to the U.S. Fire Administration