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Test the detector at least monthly by pushing the test button. Once a year vacuum the dust from alarm air vents. Battery operated detectors should have the battery replaced each year or when the low battery warning sounds. Select a memorable date such as a holiday or a family birthday to remind you to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors at that time.
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A smoke detector may be purchased at most retail stores for prices ranging from $5 to $20.
Both battery powered and house current powered smoke detectors do a good job. Make sure the one you choose has been tested by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
There should be at least one detector in every occupied bedroom and one on every floor of the house except attics, unless the attic space is used for sleeping. Additional detectors will increase the chance of early detection.
Smoke detectors should be placed near bedrooms either on the ceiling - at least 6 to 12 inches away from wall - or on the wall, 6 to 12 inches down from the ceiling. This allows the detector to sense the smoke as it approaches the sleeping area.
Battery operated detectors can be attached directly to the ceiling or wall. Wired-in electric detectors are somewhat more difficult to install and may require an electrician.
Yes! Hold practice drills with the whole family so they will know what to do if your detector ever alerts you of an emergency.