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Spring Forward with Working Smoke Alarms

You've heard it twice a year for as long as you can remember, "Change your clocks, change your smoke alarm batteries". You may be thinking "This is sound advice for those who have smoke alarms with the traditional nine volt battery, but what about those of us who have replaced their traditional alarms with ones that have a 10-year lithium battery? We can ignore this saying now, right?" The short answer is no. 

While 10-year alarms have removed the necessity of changing the battery, they are not meant to simply be placed and forgotten for a decade. To ensure these life-saving devices are in tip-top shape, which in turn ensures your loved ones are protected, following these simple steps: 

1. Make sure you have adequate smoke alarms in your home. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home, including the basement (but excluding crawl spaces), outside of each sleeping area, and in every room where someone regularly sleeps. Picture of a smoke alarm

2. Test your smoke alarms monthly. (This is particularly important for those who do not regularly burn their food). Each smoke alarm needs to be tested every month by pressing the designated test button. We recommended creating a household slogan such as "Test it Tuesday" to help you remember. Each time you test your alarms lends an opportunity to also practice your home escape plan. 

3. Vacuum your smoke alarms regularly. Dust and debris can interfere with the how the smoke alarms work. 

4. Replace your smoke alarms every 10-years. 


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