October 9-15 is “National Fire Prevention Week.” This is the third year of the National Fire Protection Association’s three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.
The key messages of the NFPA’s campaign are to test all of your smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button on the alarm, and replace batteries (never buy cheap dollar store batteries) at least once a year or when the alarm’s low battery signal begins to chirp.
However, age matters when it comes to your smoke alarms. Your safety could depend on whether your smoke alarm is up to date. The 2016 National Fire Prevention Week theme is: “Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” If you’re not sure how old the smoke alarm in your home is, check the manufacture date on the back of the alarm.
Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep? According the National Fire Protection Association, “almost three of five (60%) reported home fire deaths in 2007 to 2011 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.”
Smoke alarms save lives! Visit NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week page for more information about smoke alarms and other fire safety activities.