Smoke Alarms — the Single Most Important Means of Preventing Fatal Fires.
Working smoke alarms provide early warning of danger and are the single most important step in preventing fatal fires. They double the chances of surviving a fire.
Take Care of Smoke Alarms
- Once a month, vacuum or blow out dust from the alarms.
- Push the test button once a month.
- Change alkaline batteries in smoke alarms twice a year. An Easy way to remember is to change the batteries when you change your clocks. Some smoke alarms have 10-year lithium batteries.
- A “chirping” sound indicates that it is time to change the batteries.
- Never disable alarms. Only remove the battery when replacing it.