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    Smoke Detectors Tips

    Smoke detectors are the single most effective early warning device available. Make sure that the smoke detectors in your home are working properly and are not disconnected from a battery or power source. Remember that young people and elderly often sleep through smoke alarms. Have a plan in place to ensure everyone responds to the alarm by exiting the structure.

     Smoke Detector Installation

    • One smoke detector needs to be located on each level of your home including the basement.
    • One smoke detector needs to be located outside sleeping areas, at minimum. Preferably one in each sleeping room.
    • It is recommended that smoke detectors be interconnected so that when one sounds, they all sound. This increases warning times for persons in another area of the residence.
    • Smoke detectors should be mounted high on walls or ceilings.
    • Never paint a smoke detector.

      Checking Your Smoke Alarm

    • Test your smoke detector once a month.
    • Batteries should be replaced in the smoke detector twice per year. A good way to remember this is to change your batteries when you change your clocks for daylight savings time.
    • Never “borrow” a battery from a smoke detector or place a battery in a smoke detector you “borrowed” from somewhere else.
    • Never disable a smoke detector if it is “chirping” and there is no evidence of fire, replace the batteries.
    • Vacuum and or dust your smoke detector regularly.
    • Replace smoke detectors every 10 years.
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