Smoke Alarm Maintenance Tips

Posted on: November 4th, 2015 by Ashton Service Group

People have hopefully adjusted to Daylight Savings Time from this past Sunday and the commute the first couple of days have been smooth.  While modern technology is smart and has made it such that we don’t need to turn back the clocks in our home, you should change the batteries in your smoke alarms.

Fire departments recommend you change the batteries in your smoke alarms when you change the clocks, which ensures that they get checked at least twice a year. Most fatal fires occur in homes that do not have a working smoke alarm. Smoke detectors are life-saving devices and having a working smoke alarm increases your chance of survival from a fire.

It may seem like a hassle to have to get a ladder or chair to change the batteries but it’s better to deal with it now than wait until the telltale beeping of a dying battery and you find out you have run out of batteries and now need to go to the store to buy them.

You can minimize your family’s risk of fire-related injury or death by installing a smoke alarm outside each bedroom and sleeping area on each level of your home including the basement, and by keeping them all in good working order.

It is very important that you read and follow every step of the manufacturer’s directions when you install your new smoke detectors.

Test your smoke detectors every month to make sure that they are working properly by pushing the test button.

Never paint the smoke alarms and make sure to clean the dust from them.

Change the batteries as often as recommended by the manufacturer (at least twice a year).

Replace any smoke alarms that are more than ten years old.

Make sure you and your family have an escape plan in case of a real fire and that your review it every year.

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