Checking your Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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Checking your carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarm is a pretty simple task. The main thing to keep in mind is how often you check your alarms. Now days, It is recommended to have a smoke alarm in every bedroom and at least one on every level. The same is true for carbon monoxide detectors.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), It’s best to test your detectors once a month. Creating a testing schedule will help you stay on track. Perhaps you’ll choose to test them on the first day of the month, or the first Sunday of the month. You can set digital reminders on your calendar for this task. Make sure you’re testing every smoke alarm in the house. If you need to change the batteries for your smoke alarm, remember you’ll need to reset it after replacing the batteries. Also, if your alarm is set to alert any places like the fire department when it goes off, it’s wise to contact those places ahead of time to notify them that you are testing your devices.

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