Smoke Alarm Maintenance
Your smoke alarm needs maintenance. You are four times more likely to die in a house fire if you don’t have a working smoke alarm. Every year people are killed because their alarms fail to work because of flat or missing batteries.
Test your alarm weekly to ensure it is working properly.
On a significant date each year, such as a birthday, you should replace the battery in your alarm, unless it has a ten year battery. Whenever you are cleaning it is a good idea to vacuum the alarm to remove any dust and dirt.
If your smoke alarm starts to beep at intervals this means that the battery is running out. This should be replaced immediately.
Unwanted False Alarms
Dealing with false alarms takes up valuable time, time that could mean the difference between life and death for someone in your community.
Typical causes for false alarms are:
• Cooking fumes such as burnt toast
• Steam from showers or cooking
• Smoking materials, such as cigarettes and matches
• Dust build up due to poor housekeeping
• Aerosol sprays. Source: Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service
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