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Maintenance Tip: Smoke Detectors - Stop the chirping!

Park Avenue Properties - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What is the most annoying noise in the world?  The answer to that question is a matter of opinion, but there’s no denying that a beeping smoke detector can ruin a good night’s sleep, make your pet go crazy, and of course, disrupt whatever you are doing!

As shrill as it may be, that high-pitched chirp is a signal that the batteries in your smoke detector are low. Working smoke detectors are precautionary devices used to signal fire in the home, so it should go without saying that fully removing a smoke detector is never the solution to stop them from chirping.
To prevent that loud, staccato trill and to keep your smoke detector in good working order, you must change the battery (even if the smoke detector is wired to the electrical system). A good rule of thumb is to replace batteries in your smoke detector every six months. For pointers on how to change the batteries in a smoke detector, Expert Village has a great video tutorial.

As a responsible renter, replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and test them regularly. This easy maintenance task will prevent that annoying chirp and, most importantly, help prevent tragedy in the event of a home fire emergency.

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