Smoke Alarms

Fire Safety in Your Home Starts Immediately!

In combination with a family escape plan, properly installed and maintained smoke detectors can save lives in case of a fire. Don't install a smoke detector near a window, door, heating duct, or air register where drafts could reduce the sensitivity of your smoke detector.

Maintaining Your Smoke Detector

  • It is extremely important to test and clean all smoke detectors on a regular basis.
  • Replace the batteries according to the manufacturer's recommendations, or at least once every six months. It's easy to remember to change your detector batteries, do it when you set your clocks ahead an hour or back an hour.
  • Always remember that your detector needs a new battery to work. Resist temptation to borrow a battery from a detector to use it in something else.
  • Never paint a detector.
  • When you vacuum your house, run the extension hose over your detector to clear away any cobwebs and dust. Try to do this once a week to make sure that you are protected.

More Information

For more information about the Smoke Detectors Program, contact the Mount Pleasant Fire Department at (843) 884-0623 or e-mail