We know how important it is to replace your smoke alarm batteries every six months. Even if you do that, improper maintenance could put your family at risk.
Just because there is a smoke alarm on the wall doesn't mean it's going to go off, if it's not maintained and it's not just fresh batteries.
According to a survey by the National Fire Protection Association, nine out of 10 consumers are unaware they need to replace their smoke alarms every 10 years. After 10 years, the sensors in smoke alarms can start to fail.
You can find the age of your alarms by checking the date they were manufactured on the back.
Experts recommend replacing old alarms with new ones that come with ten years batteries that chirp when the entire unit needs to be replaced.