Take care of your detectors; they save lives
It's important to test your smoke detectors monthly if you want to be safe; make sure that they work correctly and that for instance the battery isn't empty.
All smoke detectors (of all brands) need to be cleaned every 6 months to make sure that they still give an alarm when there is smoke in your house.
All smoke detectors must be replaced after 10 years of use, despite the lifetime of the battery in it. After 10 years the smoke detector gets polluted by dust (even if you cleaned it regularly) which will cause false alarms and/or malfunction. Aren’t you sure about how old your smoke detectors are? Don’t wait until it’s too late and replace them all. Better safe than sorry.
Every Month: Test
It is important to test your smoke detectors every month to make sure they are functioning safely by pressing the test button. Testing once a month also keeps the battery alert and functioning.
Every Six Months: Clean
Clean your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every six months with your vacuum cleaner to make sure the sensors do not get clogged with dust and little particles. When your detectors are dusty they can malfunction. Be smart, stay safe and take a few minutes to clean all your detectors.
Every 10 Years: Replace
Most people know they need to replace the batteries, but did you know that you need to replace the entire smoke detector? After 10 years your smoke detector is at the end of its lifetime and needs replacement.
How to test a smoke detector?
Please follow the instruction manual for your model on how to test your detector.
There are two types of smoke detectors available: battery powered and wired. Many people know that they should test battery powered smoke detectors and change the batteries, but the same is true for wired smoke detectors. Most wired smoke detectors have a backup battery if in any circumstance a power outage occurs. This battery must also be tested and replaced to make sure the smoke detectors operates correctly.
How to test a smoke detector:
- Make sure everyone in your home is aware that you are going to test the alarm.
- Small children may be frightened by the loud noise so keep them at an appropriate distance.
- Let someone go to the room furthest away and check if you can hear the alarm. If not, please add another smoke detector.
- Test the alarm according to the instruction manual. Most alarms have a test button that can be pressed for a few seconds. If the alarm sounds weak or muffled, you should change the batteries. Do you experience any problems? Contact the manufacturer.
- After replacing the batteries you should perform another test to make sure the batteries are working properly.
How to clean a smoke detector?
Over time, dust, animal hairs, cooking fumes and pollen can build up in smoke chambers of your smoke detectors and decrease the sensitivity to smoke or cause false alarm. To make sure that your detectors warn you in time, in case of an emergency, it is best to clean them every six months. Please read the instruction manual carefully, but in most cases you can clean your detectors according to the instructions below.
How to clean your smoke detectors:
- Take the smoke detector from the ceiling.
- Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the air vents on the backside of the smoke detector (the holes on the front side are for sound and don’t need cleaning)
- Always test the smoke detector after cleaning.
Why replace your smoke detectors?
A smoke detector must always be replaced after 10 years of use, despite the lifetime of the battery in it. After 10 years the smoke detector gets polluted by dust (even if you cleaned it regularly) which will cause false alarms and/or malfunction. Protect your home and loved ones and replace your detectors in time.
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