Smoke Alarm Maintenance

 Maintenance of smoke alarms is very important:

  • Clean alarms with a vacuum cleaner. Do not remove the cover to clean dust and spider webs from alarms.
  • Install fresh batteries at least once a year. A good way to remember is to change batteries when the clocks       are changed in the spring and fall.
  • Make sure everyone in your household is familiar with the alarm’s sound. Plan an escape route and a meeting  place.
  • Make sure there is a smoke alarm on every level of your home including the basement
  • Never disable a alarm by removing the battery because it goes off or "chirps." There is always a reason why it is going off even if you do not see or smell smoke.
  • Never paint any part of a smoke alarm.
  • Replace smoke alarm that are 10 years old or older