Smoke Alarms are your best line of defense against fire and can cut the risk of fatality in a house fire nearly in half.
Smoke alarms save lives. But a smoke alarm can’t save your life if it isn’t working.
Some tips to follow are:
- Test your smoke alarm’s batteries once a month and replace any battery too weak to sound the alarm.
- Most smoke alarm batteries “chirp” to alert you when their battery power is low. When you hear a warning, replace the batteries. DO NOT disconnect the unit.
- Replace smoke alarm batteries routinely on the same day each year. A good time to do this is when you roll clocks from Daylight Savings to Standard Time each fall. Change your clocks; change your batteries.
- Smoke alarms are not recommended for use in kitchens, bathrooms, or garages – where cooking fumes, steam, or exhaust can set off the alarm. These false alarms trigger many people to disable their alarms. Relocate the alarm so it is away from these areas.
- Smoke alarms have a life expectancy of 10 years. Replace any smoke alarm that is older than this.