Change your Clocks & Batteries
Daylight saving Time is Sunday March 11th, and in addition to changing our clocks we should take the time to perform some simple maintenance on all household smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. After replacing the battery, use a vacuum with a hose attachment to brush around the outside of each detector, removing dust or spider-webs that have collected there. This will minimize false alarms and can help extend the life of the detector.
Some additional tips:
• Test detectors once a month;
• Never disable a detector when cooking; and
• Replace detectors that are ten years old.
It is important to remember that these are life-saving safety devices that we have come to depend on; however, they are only as good as the maintenance they receive and by maintaining the alarms in your home, you can increase your chances of surviving a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you have questions about testing or servicing your smoke or CO detectors in your home, contact us at the fire department.