5 Tips For Maintaining Your Smoke AlarmsBy Home Security Source Mar 24, 2011 | 10:10:00 amPosted in: Fire Prevention, Home
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency a smoke alarm is one of the most important safety devices you can have in your home. Studies have shown that working smoke alarms can cut the chances of dying in a home fire in half. But, smoke alarms cannot do their job unless they are maintained and kept in working order. Here are some tips for doing just that:
According to FEMA you need to maintain your smoke alarms by doing the following:
• Test it once a month. All smoke alarms have a test button that can be pushed to make sure the alarm is still working. If the alarm does not work, it should be replaced immediately.
• Battery operated alarms should have their batteries change frequently. One good idea is to change them twice a year when you change your clock in October and March.
• Vacuum your smoke alarm occasionally to get rid of dust or cobwebs.
• Read the manual that comes with your smoke alarm and keep it in a convenient place, so that you can refer to it when needed.
• Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.
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