Is your smoke alarm working and up to date? Did you know that smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years? Don’t Wait: Check the Date!
This year, Fire Prevention Week is getting the word out about the importance of changing your smoke alarms. According to NFPA.org (the National Fire Protection Association), 3 out of 5 fire fatalities in 2009-2013 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. NFPA recommends replacing smoke alarms after 10 years because that is typically the life expectancy of the devices; beyond that, the sensors in smoke alarms can begin to lose their sensitivity.
It’s easy to check the date on your smoke alarm. Here’s how:
- Look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm.
- The alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date!