By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 2:00 PM CST
Because a smoke detector constantly filters the air in your home 24 hours a day, seven days a week, maintenance is crucial. Most smoke detectors come equipped with a “chirping” alert to let you know their battery is low, but stick to a rule of changing out the batteries annually, even if it’s quiet all year. A smoke detector’s being vigilant every second of the day will eventually take its toll, so it is recommended that you replace old detectors every 10 years.
Most fatal fires occur late at night or early morning, while you’re asleep. For this reason, the National Fire Protection Association recommends placing smoke detectors in every occupied bedroom, as well as on every floor, including the basement. In the kitchen, place the smoke detector away from the stove to prevent false alarms. If someone in your home is deaf or hard of hearing, consider a detector that also combines flashing lights with its alarm sound. If you are installing your detector on a wall and not the ceiling, remember to place it four to 12 inches from the ceiling.
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