TESTING YOUR DETECTOR
Like any other electro-mechanical device, smoke detectors have a limited life span and become subject to breakdown and failure as they age. This is why it is important to test your detectors on a weekly basis. Designate one day of the week for smoke detector testing and test by simply depressing the test button.
If your smoke detectors were installed 7-10 years ago, you may need to consider replacing them.
KNOW WHAT TO DO IF A SMOKE DETECTOR SOUNDS
Upon exiting the building, go to your designated meeting place. Call the fire department from a nearby residence or business.
DO NOT GO BACK INSIDE THE BUILDING FOR ANY REASON.
In a high rise building, consult your building management or fire prevention office at your fire department.
Make sure that everyone knows the alarm is sounding. Have a whistle handy as a secondary alerting system. Leave immediately!
If you are exiting a room with a closed door, be sure to feel the door with the back of your hand; should the door be warm, look to use an alternate route.If heavy smoke conditions occur upon exiting the room, crawl low to the floor where the air is cleaner.