Does your home have a smoke alarm? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the answer is likely yes: NFPA research shows that most American homes have at least one. But do you know how old your smoke alarms are? If you’re like most people, you’re probably not so sure. Because smoke alarms don’t last forever this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign message is:“Don't Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years"
Smoke alarms are one of the best and least expensive safety devices you can buy and install to protect yourself, your family and your home. In the event of a home fire, properly installed and maintained smoke alarms could save your own life and those of your loved ones by providing time to escape. Here are some additional safety tips related to smoke alarms:
Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
For additional fire safety information, contact the Fire Department at (209) 895-8130.