October is National Fire Protection Month, and it’s a good time to review your home’s readiness. This year, the National Fire Protection Association is raising awareness that smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years. To find out how old your smoke alarms are, remove them from the wall and look for the manufacturing date on the back of the unit. If they were made 10 years ago or more, replace them as soon as possible.
Did you know?
Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 94% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated 80% of the time.
When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.
Linked smoke alarms protect your family by activating all alarms in the house, even if smoke hasn’t reached them yet. This means you will be alerted on the second story if a fire starts in your basement. Since it can only take 2-5 minutes for fire to engulf your home, every second matters.
More information is available at https://www.ready.gov/home-fires.
Three things you can do now to prevent fire in your home:
Make sure all of your smoke alarms are less than 10 years old.
Replace batteries in all alarms at least once a year. Some newer models have batteries that last longer. If you aren’t sure, check with the manufacturer or go ahead and change them.
Make sure you have enough smoke alarms in your home. The National Fire Protection Association recommends homes should have smoke alarms installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. So that means a 2 story, 3 bedroom house needs a minimum of five smoke alarms.