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Helpful Hints

  • Keep smoke alarms clean. Dust can interfere with their operation

  • Check the battery once a month by pressing the test button. If you cannot reach the button easily, use a broom handle.

  • Replace the removable batteries at least once a year.

  • In most models when batteries are low the detector will sound a short 'beep' every minute or so to remind you to replace the batteries.

  • Never paint smoke alarms.

  • Do not disable the alarm if cooking smoke or steam sets it off, instead turn on a fan or open a window to clear the air.

  • Do not permanently remove the batteries from your smoke alarm'

  • Replace smoke alarms before the manufactures expiry date or every 10 years .

  • Take note during the smoke test if the alarms are inter connected.

 Handy Spreadsheets for use in your home.