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Your smoke detector can and does save lives

August 18, 2010 / Posted by in Hints & Tips

You should clean your detectors one or two times per year to maintain their efficiency and reduce the number of false alarms.  The small diode light attracts small bugs, “no-see-ums”,  spiders and dust.  Set a schedule to clean your detectors when you change to and from day-light-savings time – spring and fall.  Replace your batteries once per year or whenever you hear them chirping.  Read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean your smoke detector.  If you do not have the instructions, here are some basics:

Things You’ll Need:

  • Vacuum cleaner, with upholstery brush
  • Rag
  • Pledge

Remove your smoke detector from the ceiling or wall. It is easier to clean if you can set it on your table or hold it in your hands.

Remove the batteries and use a dry rag to dust the battery compartment. Place new batteries in the smoke detector and close the battery compartment.

Vacuum any dust particles and bugs in the smoke detector.

Spray some Pledge on a dry rag and wipe down the outside of the smoke detector. Pledge is mainly for wood, but it attracts dust and is perfect for collecting any dust on the outside of the smoke detector.

Replace the smoke detector on the wall or ceiling.

Test to be sure it is operating properly.

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