This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign runs from October 9 – 15, 2016
“Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”
- 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.
Testing smoke alarms:
- Smoke alarms should be maintained according to manufacturer’s instructions.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
- Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning to keep smoke alarms working well. The instructions are included in the package or can be found on the internet.
- Smoke alarms with non-replaceable 10-year batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
- Smoke alarms with any other type of battery need a new battery at least once a year. If that alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
Safety messages about smoke alarms:
Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly. Your ability to get out of your house during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.
Difference Between Monitored and Regular Smoke Detectors:
- One of the many advantages of a monitored, low voltage smoke detector is that it is monitored through your existing security system and powered by the system. In the event of a fire, or the presence of smoke, an activation signal is sent immediately to your Central Station and the fire department is notified.
- When a regular 120 volt smoke detector trips, it makes a loud noise to warn the occupants of the presence of smoke. If the power goes out, it will only last as long as the battery that you have installed in it.
Resources: © National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2016