What kind of maintenance do I need to perform on a smoke detector?
You should test your smoke detector once a month to make sure that it is functioning properly. For most smoke detectors, this means just pushing the button on the detector. Also, you should change the batteries twice a year (if your detector is not hard-wired into the structure's electrical system). A good rule of thumb is to change the batteries in your smoke detectors when you change your clocks forward and back for daylight savings time.

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1. Are smoke detectors really that important?
2. What kind of maintenance do I need to perform on a smoke detector?
3. Where do I install a new detector?
4. Do smoke detectors ever need to be replaced?
5. I've heard a lot about carbon monoxide (CO). Is it really that bad? If so, what can I do about it?
6. I've been thinking about purchasing a fire extinguisher for my home. What kind of extinguisher should I buy? Where should I put it?
7. I have other questions about home fire safety. Who should I call for help?