Testing and Cleaning your Smoke Alarms10/3/2015
Weekly home tip - TESTING AND CLEANING YOUR SMOKE ALARMS
You have all heard the statistics about how many people die in home fires every yea, but if you are like most of us, this hasn't motivated you. Batteries are easier to replace then people. Don't neglect your smoke alarms!
Test and clean your smoke alarms.
1. Press the test button once a month, but we'll only remind you every six months.
2. Test you alarms with smoke at least twice a year.
3. Clean your alarms at least twice a year.
4. Replace the battery once a year.
We don't want to get really heavy, but fire kills.
1. Press the test button. This verifies that the unit has power and has an audible alarm, but it does not guarantee smoke detection.
2. Blow smoke into the unit. It should take a minimal amount to activate the alarms. The smoke can come from a cigarette, a candle, or preferably an aerosol canister specifically designed to test smoke alarms.
3. Open the alarms cover and lightly vacuum the interior components with the fine brush attachment with your vacuum cleaner.
4. Pull out and disconnect the battery. Replace it with a new one.
Smoke alarms have a life expectancy of approximately 10 years. If you don't know how old he smoke alarms are, replace them or smoke test them.
If your home has a security system connected to a central station contact the alarms company before testing the smoke alarms.
IF LIKE MANY OF US YOU HAVE DISCONNECTED THE ALARM PLEASE REMIND YOURSELF TO RECONNECT IT.