Spring Cleaning? Don’t forget your Smoke Detectors!

Smoke alarms are tools that can tell us if there is smoke in the air. They work even when you can’t smell smoke! It is very important to make sure smoke alarms are in good working condition to protect you and your family. If smoke alarms get filled with dust, they will not be able to sense the smoke and alert people who need to evacuate. By taking the time to clean your smoke alarms you can make sure your smoke alarms will alert your family should a fire occur.

1. Remove smoke alarm from the ceiling or wall. It is easier to clean if you can set it on your table or hold it in your hands.
2. Remove the batteries and use a dry rag to dust the battery compartment. If you did not replace the batteries when you changed your clock on Sunday, March 8th now would be the perfect time!
3. Vacuum any dust particles in the smoke alarm.
4. Spray some Pledge on a dry rag and wipe down the outside of the smoke alarm. Pledge is mainly for wood, but it attracts dust and is perfect for collecting any dust on the outside of the smoke alarm.
5. Replace the smoke detector on the wall or ceiling.
TO TEST: Press and HOLD DOWN the test button to make sure the smoke alarm is in working order.
►► Should you have any questions or concerns please contact your local fire department.

Please Remember:

  • Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms
  • More than one-third (37 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.
  • The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.


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