Change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms:
Did you know that the risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms? Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors save lives, but you need to make sure that that they are working properly in order to protect you and your family. Change your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries twice a year, and make sure you are testing your alarms monthly by pressing the ‘test’ button. Below are additional tips to make sure that your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working as they should.
- Smoke alarms should be in every sleeping room in the house, every hallway and every additional level of your home including the basement.
- All smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one goes off they all do.
- Smoke alarms that are mounted on the wall should be 4” from the ceiling. Smoke alarms that are mounted on the ceiling should be mounted 4” from the wall.
- Avoid putting your smoke alarms within 10 feet of cooking appliances to avoid false alarms.
- Replace the entire alarm every 10 years. Remove the alarm from the wall or ceiling and check the manufacturer’s date on the back of the alarm to see how old it is.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors:
- Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in every sleeping room and every level of the house including your basement.
- Carbon monoxide detectors should ideally be at knee level, but they can be installed at chest level if you have children.
- Carbon monoxide detectors should not be blocked by curtains or furniture.
- Replace the entire alarm every 5 years. Remove the alarm from the wall or ceiling and check the manufacturer’s date on the back of the alarm to see how old it is.