***** Info via Bedford Volunteer Firefighter Association
Smoke Alarm Tips and time change reminder for daylight savings +1 hr. Next weekend
Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and near all sleeping areas.
Test smoke alarms monthly to make sure they’re working. Replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old.
Interconnect your smoke alarms so that when one smoke alarm sounds, they all do.
If you have an alarm with a removable battery, be sure to check the batteries every six months, and change the batteries every year. If a battery is starting to lose its power, the unit will usually chirp to warn you. Do NOT disable the unit.
Vacuum or blow out any dust that might have accumulated in the unit.
NEVER borrow a battery from an alarm to use somewhere else.
NEVER paint a smoke or CO alarm.
Smoke alarms should not be installed near a window because drafts could interfere with their operation.
Families should also develop and practice a home fire escape plan.
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for testing smoke alarms and replacing the batteries.