It’s that time of year again! You know the drill…Change the clocks and replace the batteries in your smoke detectors! Two-thirds of home fires occur in buildings with no smoke alarms or working smoke alarms. It is crucial that we use this time as a reminder of the importance of smoke detectors and the impact it can have on you and your family’s safety.
Here are some pointers from the National Fire Protection Association regarding smoke alarms:
- 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.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
- Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn’t respond properly when tested.
- Smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, a warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
- For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.