Do I need to clean my Smoke Alarms?

Do I need to clean my Smoke Alarms?

Short answer, yes. Cleaning your smoke alarms, while often overlooked, is a vital task that could save your life. Whilst these small devices tend to disappear into the backdrop of our-day-to-day, their role in alerting us to potential fire hazards cannot be overstated. Ensuring your smoke alarms are clean and properly maintained is crucial to ensure they remain effective and reliable. Only working smoke alarms save lives.

How regularly should I be cleaning them?

Regular maintenance will not only ensure your smoke alarms remain effective in an emergency, it can also prevent nuisance beeps and false alarms caused by dust and contaminants. We recommend cleaning your smoke alarms on a monthly basis, or at the very least every 6-months.

Whether you’re a seasoned homeowner or a new renter, understanding the importance of this often-neglected task could prove to be a lifesaver.

How do I clean my smoke alarms?

Cleaning your smoke alarms is not as complicated as you may think. Here are the simple, easy steps you need to follow to ensure your smoke alarms are clean and working effectively:

Step 1: Turn off the mains power if you have mains powered alarms The green light on these alarms will go out.

Step 2: Using a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment thoroughly vacuum 360 degrees around the smoke alarm to gently remove any loose contaminates such as dust and insects from the vents.

Step 3: Spray insect repellent on a cloth and wipe the ceiling around the smoke alarm. Never spray insect repellent directly into the smoke alarm as this will cause it to trigger.

Step 4: Turn the power back on if applicable.

Cleaning your smoke alarms is arguably one of the most crucial cleaning tasks you will complete. Such a simple, easy chore can truly mean the difference between life and death during the event of a fire, the time these small devices give us is invaluable. Cleaning and maintaining your smoke alarms isn’t just about ensuring they’re free from dust; it’s about safeguarding your home and loved ones.

If you are not sure where to start, or would like more information the expert team here at Coast Smoke Alarms is always here to help. Reach out to the team by giving us a call on 1300 722 552 or via email