Smoke Detector Tips
- Test smoke detectors at least once a month. Nearly all smoke detectors have a test button, simply push the test button and the alarm will sound.
- It’s recommended to change your battery at least twice per year.
- Clean smoke detectors at least once a year. Dust and other particles in the air can build up over time and decrease the sensitivity of a smoke detector. The best way to clean a smoke detector is with a vacuum hose.
- Replace the entire smoke detector at least once every ten years. Smoke detectors do wear out over time.
- Hard-wired smoke detectors should be tested, cleaned, and replaced just as often as non-wired smoke detectors.
- Every bedroom should have a smoke detector. It’s also recommended to put one in living rooms, kitchens and hallways. You can never have too many!
- If you would like assistance in testing the alarm, replacing batteries, would like help relating to installing your new smoke detector, please call us. A GCFD firefighter can come to your home and help you.
Smoke Detector Facts
- Smoke detectors increase your chance of surviving a fire by 50%.
- An estimated 1/3 of American homes have smoke detectors that do not work.