Don’t wait for an emergency to remind you – it’s time to check those batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Regular maintenance is key to ensure these life-saving devices are ready when you need them most. Here are some essential tips:
- Test Monthly: Press the “test” button on your detectors to make sure they’re working correctly. A loud beep means they are functioning as expected.
- Replace batteries: Check the lifespan of your batteries and replace as needed.
- Clean Regularly: Dust and debris can interfere with sensors. Vacuum or dust to keep them clean. Check your manufacturer’s manual for additional information.
- Placement Matters: Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and in sleeping areas. Place carbon monoxide monitors 5 feet from the floor and on each level of your home. Install carbon monoxide monitors in basements and in rooms above attached garages, which house the most common CO producers in your home.
- Replace Every 10 Years: Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have a limited lifespan. Check the date of manufacture and replace them every decade.