Spring Forward and Check Your Smoke Alarms! March 6, 2020 by Greg Woolvet The clocks are moving forward this weekend which means that it’s time for homeowners and renters to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. When we change our clocks 2 times per year, that’s also a reminder to check the fire alarms. Smoke detectors are the first defence against the detrimental results of a fire. There should be one installed on every floor of your home on ceilings or high up on a wall. Place them away from windows or other sources of ventilation to ensure that they work as efficiently as possible. How to change the batteries in your smoke alarm Start by taking a look at the manufacturing date on the device. Smoke detectors aren’t effective after 10 years and must be replaced. Then, follow these steps: Begin by lifting, twisting or removing the cover. Sometimes, the whole alarm will come off the base. Replace the battery with a new one. Most smoke alarms use 9-volt batteries. Close the detector back into place. Test it out by pressing the test button to make sure it’s working. If it’s working, you’ll hear a beep or a chirp sound. How to keep your house safe from a fire Ultimate safety is important, so try and make sure that you’re using interconnected smoke alarms. This way, once one sounds on, they all sound on. If you don’t choose to do this, then you should at least have them installed in each bedroom, outside each bedroom and on every level of the home including the basement. Other Safety Tips Several other safety tips include: Clean each unit by vacuuming or dusting Install new batteries on the smoke alarms once per year Refrain from painting a smoke alarm Notify local fire department when your detector sounds Contact Doctor Screen! As part of our promotion this Spring, Doctor Screen is introducing our Smoke Detector & Replacement Service. Starting March 8, 2020, anytime we come to fix or replace a screen at your property, we will include a free inspection of all smoke detectors! Contact us today.