In a survey of more than 1,000 folks in the past six months, ServiceMaster Restore found that only 57 percent of Americans have followed best practices.
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Most conventional smoke detectors have a cover that either hinges or lifts off. A counterclockwise twist will get the cover off.
Once you remove the cover, locate the battery, which should be clipped in. When you replace the battery, be sure it’s property oriented before closing the cover.
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You can also test if you installed the battery correctly by pressing the test button. You should hear a chirp if you hit the button.
If you’re unsure about your smoke alarm placement or need assistance, call your local fire department.