Do you know how old your smoke detectors are off the top of your head? Unless you just bought new smoke detectors, you might not be aware of how old they are. Did you know that smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years?
If you didn’t know these facts, you’re not alone. That’s why the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has chosen “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”
Fire Prevention Week is dedicated to fire safety and education every year. This was inspired by the tragic Great Chicago Fire of 1871 which claimed the lives of over 250 people and destroyed a large amount of property. For the last several years, the NFPA has focused on smoke detectors because of their importance and the many misconceptions surrounding them.
You can find the date of manufacture on the back of your smoke alarm. Remember that the date of purchase isn’t the date of manufacture, so even if you have just purchased new alarms, you should check the date. It’s hard to remember to do something 10 years from now, so get in the habit of checking the date every year. You can note the replace date somewhere noticeable or even put a reminder on your phone or email calendar.
Don’t forget: You should have smoke alarms installed on every level of your home and in every bedroom. Check your batteries regularly, it’s suggested that you change them when you change your clock for Daylight Savings Time. Use the test button to make sure alarms are in working order at least once a month. It can be beneficial to have smoke detectors that are connected to a central monitoring station so that you can hear them all over the house and so that a monitoring center is there for you if you don’t hear or aren’t home. Learn more about how Guardian can help.
In 2015 a home fire was reported every 86 seconds and a civilian injury in a fire every 34 minutes. Detecting a fire early can make a big difference in getting away from it fast enough. Throughout the week we will be posting more about fire safety and smoke detectors.
Check out this infographic from the NFPA.