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Question DetailsAsked on 3/27/2018

will the fire dept. put in batters in my smoke detector

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In some areas yes - call their regular business number, NOT 911, to ask. Some also have regular weekend events where police and fire reserve officers and cadets do that.

Otherwise, if you are on government support program or disabled, you could call United Way number for your area and ask if they know of any organization which does this for free.

Other alternative - Handymen would be the Search the List category for this. Cheaper of course if you buy the batteries up front (usually 9V).

For really high ones in cathedral/vaulted ceilings (over about 25' up) then some window Washing companies do that, also many commercial light bulb changing companies (the ones that change out commerciall building and church and such bulbs). Though if you have ones that high up, I would consider getting the 10-year service life alarms where the special battery also lasts that long - cost more initially to have it swapped out, but avoids the annual battery change cost. 10 year alarms run about $35-45 each.

Another possibility - there are 10-year lithium long-life alarm batteries out now which you could buy (for about $5 each) and use in high alarms to extend the service cycle.

A recommendation - whenever changing the battery fire alarms should be blown out with canned air (NOT electronics cleaning canned gas, which is flammable - just compressed air) and tested (not CO alarms) with "canned smoke" to be sure they actually work.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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