In many households, checking the smoke alarms when hearth season rolls around is something that’s easy to forget. After all, fall is the start of many time-consuming changes. School starts back up and sports fill your weekends whether you’re playing or observing. It can be easy to forget to change the batteries or test smoke detectors when there’s a long list of other tasks to do. However, we hope that with the help of these tips and tricks, your family can rest assured this season that they’re safe.
- Test smoke alarms once a month by pushing the test button.
- Look at the back of the alarm for the date of manufacture and replace them every 10 years.
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home (basement included).
- Always make sure alarms are interconnected. When one sounds, so will the rest.
- If the alarm chirps, it may be a warning that it needs new batteries.
- Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Fire Extinguishers are also recommended for living quarters.
More than one-third of house fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present. Three out of five house fire fatalities result in properties that don’t have working smoke alarms according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Keep your family and your home safe this season by making sure that your smoke alarms – a major line of defense – are in working order this season.