Safety tips on smoke alarms
Properly Maintain Smoke Alarms
- Test units monthly.
- Install new batteries immediately when the low-battery warning alarm sounds or at least once a year.
- Clean smoke alarms regularly by vacuuming them with a brush attachment.
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years to achieve optimum performance.
Where should you not put smoke detectors?
Don't install the detector
- On windows or sliding doors as the winds and air may not pick up the heat of smoke or fire.
- In humid or moist areas including the bathroom.
- In areas that easily collect dust and dirt including unfinished attics.
- In cooler rooms such as sunrooms or porches.
- Near ceiling fans or air vents.
How does a smoke alarm increase fire safety?
A smoke alarm is a device that combines smoke detection and a loud alarm together in one unit. The alarm sounds if it detects smoke in large amounts, like in a fire. A smoke alarm, when properly installed, tested, and maintained gives you an early warning of a fire, which increases your chances of getting out.
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