How to Maintain Smoke Detectors


An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires, and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires.


Routine Care

Clean and test

Smoke detectors are a very important safety device.Cleaning helps ensure better operations, and testing helps to ensure that the unit is operating properly.

Timing:   Every 6 months: March, August (yearly)

Replace batteries

Batteries deteriorate over time and need to be replaced to ensure proper operation of the smoke detector.

Timing: August (yearly)

Replace smoke detectors

The units will accumulate significant levels of dust, dirt, and debris and cannot be safely serviced by you.

Timing: August (every 10 years)

How To

Smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years, according to the International
Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Fire Protection Association, and the US Fire Administrator.


Health & Safety
Avoiding Unscheduled Repairs

The benefits of this task are high, in that it helps to ensure the safe operation of your smoke detectors for protecting you and your home.


The cost of this task is moderate, depending on how many smoke detectors that you have in your home.


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