7 things you need to know about smoke alarms
Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained. Below are a few tips to take into consideration when thinking of your home or businesses fire alarms.
1. Test smoke alarms monthly.
Hold down the test button to hear the alarm sound. If faint or non-existent, it’s time to replace the batteries.
2. Know when to replace the batteries and the unit.
Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten.
3. Identify how many smoke alarms you need.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoke alarms should be on every level, including the basement. It is recommended to install a smoke alarm in every bedroom.
4. Do not paint your smoke alarm.
Smoke alarms are designed to have airflow. Painting your alarm may cause issues with fire detection.
5. Smoke alarms should be interconnected.
All of the alarms in the home should sound, not just one. This keeps all quarters notified.
6. Consider a combination alarm.
Carbon monoxide gas is extremely toxic and dangerous. It is odorless and tasteless, making it very difficult to detect. Purchase a fire alarm that includes a carbon monoxide sensor.
7. Ask a professional to install detectors.
If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.
Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. And remember, when in doubt throw it out. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
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