This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of a three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.
The National Fire Protection Association is focused on these key messages:
- Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
- Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
- To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm.
Some additional tips for fire safety:
- Your home should have a smoke alarm on every level.
- Smoke alarms should be outside each sleeping area and inside each bedroom.
- Interconnect smoke alarms, so that when one sounds, they all do.
- Replace smoke alarm batteries twice a year, at the beginning and end of Daylight Savings Time.
- Don’t leave candles burning, especially if you have animals that may knock them over.
- If you smoke, use a deep, sturdy ashtray and never smoke in bed.
- Only use one heat-producing appliance (coffee maker, toaster, etc.) plugged into an outlet at a time.
- Make sure extension cords are not running across doorways or under carpets.
- Consider a home sprinkler system, especially if you are building a new home.
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