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Smoke Detector Tips

Properly installed smoke detectors can double your chances of surviving a fire.  Here is a short list of tips to help ensure your safety:

Batteries in smoke detectors should be changed twice a year
A good way to remember this is to change your smoke detector batteries when you change the time on your clocks in the spring and fall
Smoke detectors that are wired directly to the homeís electrical system need to have battery back up
If these detectors donít, install a battery operated detector in the area of the hardwired detector
Smoke detectors should be inspected and tested monthly
Smoke detectors should be cleaned yearly
Since heat and smoke rise, it is best to place your detectors on the ceiling; however, avoid anything that would obstruct airflow (i.e. corners, ceiling fans and vents)
Remember, smoke detectors have a limited life span and the entire unit needs to be replaced every 10 years. Smoke detectors save lives