alarm of any sort is merely a signaling device, it does not make the
danger go away. In order to survive, you and your household must
a fire escape plan, discuss it with everyone in your home (including children) and
smoke detector can sound the alarm instantly. The fire will grow and
spread before the alarm sounds. Consequently, when
an alarm sounds, you MUST get yourself and everyone else in your
home out as quickly as possible.
In a house fire, the difference between death and survival is often
measured in minutes; sometimes seconds.
in your jurisdiction probably specify how one must dispose of
outdated and unreliable smoke detectors. Check the rules that apply
in your area, and dispose of old and unreliable detectors properly.
is dangerous to test a smoke detector using flame. It is safer to
use an aerosol test spray. However: Never try to test a smoke alarm
with any aerosol spray other than one specifically manufactured
for that purpose. Other types of sprays contain material that will
stick to the sensor, and make the device less reliable in the
use candles or incense to test a smoke detector. The smoke produced
by candles and incense contain waxy or oily particles that can
contaminate the sensor and reduce its sensitivity.
the test button does is check the BATTERY. It does NOT check the
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