Maintenance: The Key to Your Escape

Maintenance: The Key to Your Escape

Only properly functioning smoke alarms can protect you. Make regular maintenance a priority:
  • Standard Batteries
    Batteries weaken with age and must be regularly checked and replaced (generally once a year). NEVER disable an alarm by “borrowing” its battery for another use.
  • Testing
    Test your smoke alarms at least once a month, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Both battery operated and electric smoke alarms become less sensitive with age. The NFPA recommends smoke alarm replacement every ten years. If your alarm does not respond to the recommended test procedure (usually pressing a“ test” button), change its batteries If it still does not respond, replace it.
  • Cleaning
    Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning your smoke alarms. Debris and dust can generally be removed by using a vacuum cleaner attachment. Never paint any part of a smoke alarm. Once your smoke alarms are up and running, make sure everyone in the household is familiar with the sound of the alarms.
Plan an Escape

Plan and review escape routes. Have at least two ways to get out of every room Agree on a meeting place outside where everyone can gather after they escape. Practice your escape.

Remember, when an alarm sounds, get out and stay out. Never return to a burning building.

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