What can I do to maintain My smoke detectors?

It’s important to keep home safety top of mind. Therefore, remember to maintain your home’s smoke detectors. Test them every month and change the batteries twice annually.

To test a smoke detector, simply press and hold the test button; the alarm should sound immediately. Hold an extinguished candle under the detector; the alarm should sound within 20 seconds.

To maintain your home’s smoke detectors, clean the grill on the detectors and change the batteries twice annually. Remove dust and dirt with a damp cloth and vacuum cleaner. Smoke detectors eventually wear out. Therefore, they should be replaced approximately every 10 years.

Idea Change your smoke detector batteries when updating your clocks twice a year when Daylight Saving Time Starts and Ends. Remember, “spring forward, fall back”.

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