Did you know......
The National Fire Protection Association says that while 13 of
every 14 homes have at least one smoke detector, almost half of home
fires and three-fifths of fire deaths occur in the share with no
detectors. Also, there are now more homes with smoke detectors that
don't work than homes with no detectors at all.
Once a Year
Replace the Battery. The average 9-volt battery needs to be
replaced after one year of 'service' in your family's smoke detector.
Multi-year batteries, used in some newer smoke detectors, should be
maintained as per the manufacturer's instructions.
A smoke detector will do its job - detect small
amounts of smoke and sound an alarm, if the proper maintenance is taken.
Follow the manufacturer instructions that came with your smoke detector.
This page lists some suggestions to assist you in the care of your
Once a Week or Once a
Check the Battery. To find out how to test your smoke
detector, read the manufacturer's instructions. Most smoke detectors
have a button that your press; if the smoke detector is working, the
alarm will beep. If you hear only a chirp or nothing at all, you need to
replace the battery.
Last modified: Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Dust Your Smoke Detector
Dust often collects in smoke detectors, and it can cause the smoke
detector to give a false alarm. The easiest way to remove this dust is
to take the top off of the smoke detector and vacuum the inside, using
the drapery-cleaning attachment of a vacuum cleaner.
Every Ten Years
Replace the Whole Detector.
Even with good upkeep, most smoke detectors have a life
span of ten years. Remove the smoke detector, follow the
manufacturer's directions for disposing of the smoke
detector, and replace it with a brand new smoke detector.
Some newer smoke detectors have their ten-year anniversary
imprinted on the cover; if you are unsure of your smoke
detector's age, it is always better to err on the side of