When you clean house for the upcoming holidays…don’t forget the smoke detector. Dust and bugs get inside and can cause it to “beep”. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning to keep smoke alarms working well. The instructions are included in the package or can be found on the internet. Cobwebs and dust usually can be removed with a vacuum cleaner attachment. Don’t clean the smoke detector with water.
If your smoke detectors are battery operated, replace their batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions. NFPA recommends doing this at least once a year or when the detector chirps, alerting you that the battery power is low. Replace the batteries immediately if you move into a new home. Make sure no one disables your smoke detectors by borrowing batteries for other uses. Everyone you live with should understand how critical it is to have working smoke detectors.