Taking care of your home alarm: regular testing, batteries

Category: Caring

Taking care of your home alarm is just as important as installing it in the first place.

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If you've decided to install a personal medical alarm it's important to ensure that you maintain it and it’s working at all times. Here are some tips for how to take care of your home alarm:

1. Check the batteries

Most medical alarms have a battery back-up of 36 hours, so if there's a power cut you can still get access to medical and emergency help if you need it. So it’s really important to change your batteries at least once a year.

2. Do some dusting

Smoke alarms and other electrical devices such as your alarm base unit, can be affected by dust and spider webs and they should be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner once a month, and tested by a push of the test button.

3. Have your alarm serviced

Your personal medical alarm should be serviced every six months. Set a reminder for this to occur, although your supplier should keep up-to-date with this.

4. Regularly review your needs

As we get older our needs change. A button-pressed alarm may no longer suit somebody who is experiencing difficulty placing pressure with their fingers, or a daily reminder alarm may be useful if your loved one has suffered a brain injury. It’s a good idea to review the type of alarm your loved one has every six months to make sure it still meets their needs. 


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