Smoke detectors are a wonderful tool to help keep your loved ones safe. Smoke Alarms need no maintenance other than cleaning off the dust and cobwebs, a monthly test and changing the batteries. The batteries should be changed at least once a year. Here in Middletown, NJ, I have heard many fireman suggest changing the batteries in your smoke detectors when you adjust your clocks for daylight savings time.
This is a great way to remember to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon detectors twice a year. Studies have concluded that when working smoke detectors are present, the chance of dying from the fire is cut in half. However, it has also been estimated that a third of smoke alarms that are in place are not working due to worn out batteries. Many of the communities surrounding our Red Bank office require installing or upgrading your smoke system when you sell or expand your home. Please make sure your New Jersey home has a smoke alarm system in place and that it is being maintained properly.