Your smoke alarm has the power to save your life. Or does it? If you haven't tested your smoke alarm lately, it may not be working. And that's a risk you can't afford to take. Working smoke alarms give us early warning of a fire, providing extra time to escape safely. But they can't do their job if you haven’t done yours – testing and replacement of smoke alarm batteries.
As you set your clocks back this November 2nd, take the extra hour you gain and invest that time in replacing the batteries in each of your home smoke alarms. While replacing the batteries, take a look at the detector and perform some simple maintenance:
· Using a small vacuum or duster, clean the exterior and interior of any dust that may have accumulated on the alarm. Dust can reduce the effectiveness of the alarm by interfering with the sensors.