Did you know that having a working smoke alarm reduces the chance of death by fire by half? Smoke detectors are designed to warn you when a fire erupts in the home, but if the batteries aren’t working properly, you may not know when a fire breaks out.
For your protection, most houses have installed smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area and in every bedroom. Now that you’ve moved in, it’s important to remember to replace smoke alarm batteries once per year. Typically, a good way to remember this is to change out the batteries when the time changes at daylight saving time, either in the spring or fall.
Here’s what you need to do. Check each smoke alarm in your home by pressing the button on the front. If you hear a loud beep – that means the batteries and the smoke detector are working properly. However, if the alarm fails to go off, you should replace the batteries.
To do so, open the smoke detector by twisting the front to the left. Take the old batteries out and replace them with new ones. Twist the alarm’s cover back on by twisting it to the right.
That’s it! This quick and easy safety check should be completed at least once each year. So, if you missed doing this at the last daylight saving time, be sure to check them as soon as possible to make sure you and your family remain protected.
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