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When you buy smoke detectors, the first thing you should do is to read the instructions so you know how to test the smoke detector will it works properly and when you need to change the batteries.
Here it can be a good idea to mark two special days in your calendar so you will never forget to change their smoke detectors batteries.
Many people use the time in spring when we switch to summer time and the day in autumn when we switch to wintertime as being the days for also changing their smoke detector batteries.
You should place a smoke detector for each floor of a home is a bare minimum. High-risk areas such as your kitchen should also have a smoke detector installed.
Newer models of smoke detectors can be connected wirelessly which means that if one smoke detector detects smoke or a blaze, all of the detectors in your home will alert a sound.
Make sure that at least one smoke detector is set up close to your bedroom so that you will be woken up should there be a fire while you are asleep.
Get more info on smoke alarms here: http://www.fireservice.co.uk/safety/smoke-alarms