How often do you need to replace the smoke alarms in your home? We all know that we should change the batteries when we change our clocks, but how many of us know that we need to replace our smoke detectors every 10 years? Smoke alarms tend to be one of the things we put in our homes and forget about until we hear them beep. Because many of us do, the National Fire Prevention Agency is spreading the word this year during Fire Prevention Week 2016.
“Don’t Wait-Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”
So, do you know when you installed your smoke alarms. Chances are unless you just installed them last year or you know they were newly installed when you built your house, you aren’t going to know when they should be replaced. Manufacturers have made it easy for you to find out. Simply take down the alarm and look at the back. The manufacture date will be listed and if it is 10 years or newer, you are in good shape. If it is older than 10 years, it is time to replace.
Fire Prevention Week is also a great time to check around your home and make sure you don’t have any potential fire hazards. Are all matches and lighters securely out of the reach of children? Since colder months are ahead, it is a good time to have your chimney cleaned to make sure it is ready for the first fire of the season. It also wouldn’t hurt to go ahead and test your heater and make sure it is working properly. The theme of last years Fire Prevention Week was “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep”. Do you have a fire alarm on each floor of your home and in every bedroom? These few precautions are fairly inexpensive and can be life saving.
For more information on Fire Prevention Week and other Fire Prevention tips, visit the NFPA website at www.nfpa.org.