Smoke Alarms: Life Savers
Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Assoc. (NFPA).
Follow these tips:
- In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.
- Test Smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other smoke alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms are present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries. (source NFPA)
- In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building is smoke is detected in just one area. (source NFPA)
If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarm, contact your local fire department, electrician or the American Red Cross.
(Source: Restoration Newsline Vol.29, Issue 9)