How Do I Clean Smoke Detectors?

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Many people don't realize that smoke detectors need to be cleaned to make sure they stay in proper working order. Clean smoke detectors with help from a goal-oriented health care provider in this free video clip.

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Hi. My name is Gabriel Williams. I'm a certified firefighter in the state of Illinois. Today we're going to talk about how to clean smoke detectors. The first thing you'll want to remember when cleaning a smoke detector is never dip this in water, never use any chemicals or solvents to clean it. Those can and will damage your smoke detector, causing it to not work properly. The best to clean it is to take a dry dust cloth or a dry rag and just simply wipe any dust, dirt, or debris off the surface of the smoke detector. If your smoke detector is one like this that actually comes unmounted from the wall, you can take it down from the wall or ceiling to make sure that the back of the smoke detector is clean as well. It's also good to get a can of compressed air and use that to blow any dirt or debris that's inside of the smoke detector out. But again, make sure that it's compressed air only, not a chemical or a solvent that will damage the smoke detector. Once you've cleaned it, make sure that your batteries are new. Change your batteries twice a year. When you change your clocks, change your batteries. Then make sure to push the test button and make sure that your smoke detector is functioning properly before you put it back up on the wall. So again, all you need is a dry cloth or a can of compressed air. That's how to properly clean your smoke detector. This can and will save your life if it's functioning properly, and the best way to survive a fire is to prevent it from ever happening in the first place. But if we can't prevent it, early detection is the best way to survive a fire. I know it might seem like common sense, but it's only common sense when it's common to you, and now it is. I'm Gabriel Williams, and we've been talking about how to clean smoke detectors.

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