• How do I maintain my smoke alarms?

    28 Feb, 2013 | 53 views

    For smoke alarms to remain in working order they should be tested and maintained regularly.

    The Department of Fire and Emergency Services recommends the following maintenance routine:

    • Testing once per month to ensure the battery and the alarm sounder are operating.
    • Replacing batteries annually, (mains powered smoke alarms have back-up batteries).
    • Check your smoke alarm for a build-up of dust and cobwebs and clean with a vacuum cleaner at least every six months.
    • Vacuum with a soft brush attachment around the smoke alarm vents.
    • Use a surface insect spray around the smoke alarm to prevent insects nesting inside.
    • Smoke alarms should never be painted.