4 Smoke Alarm Safety Tips
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, three out of fire home fire deaths are a result of smoke alarms being absent or not working properly.
1.) Choose interconnected smoke alarms, so that they all sound at once.It’s important that your smoke alarms are interconnected. This will allow all the alarms to go off at once during a fire. This is important in case you are not near the source of the fire once it has ignited. In addition to being able to hear your alarms at any location in your house, interconnected smoke alarm systems usually will tell you which alarm was triggered first. This allows you to know where the fire started and where to avoid.
2.) Put smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and on every level of the home.This tip speaks for itself. It’s important that there are smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and on every level of your home to ensure that you and your family can hear the alarms sounding no matter where you are.
3.) Test your smoke alarms to make sure that they work.Just because you have smoke alarms in place doesn’t mean that they will always work properly. You should test your smoke alarms regularly throughout the year to make sure that they are functioning properly. A good way to do this is to have a friend or family member stand as far away from the smoke alarm as possible and click the “Test” button.
4.) Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.Like all technology, smoke alarms need to be replaced after a certain amount of time has passed. It is recommended that you replace your smoke alarms every 10 years to make sure that they operate the right way in the event of a fire.
U.S. Fire Administration