Monday, January 15, 2007

Health Tip: Use Smoke Detectors Correctly

(HealthDay News) -- Smoke detectors can prevent damage to your home and serious injury to you and your loved ones -- as long as the detectors are installed and maintained properly.
The Arlington, Va., Fire Department offers these suggestions to keep your smoke detectors in working order:
  • Install a smoke detector near the ceiling on each level of your home -- especially on levels where you sleep.
  • Don't place them next to windows, doors, stoves, or heating/cooling vents to make sure that the devices can accurately test the air.
  • Test your smoke alarm each month -- most of them have a "test button" feature.
  • Replace batteries every year, and replace the detector itself every 10 years.
  • Clean smoke detectors regularly with a vacuum.

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