In the event of a fire, properly installed and maintained smoke alarms will provide an early warning alarm to your household. The alarm could save your own life and those of your loved ones by providing early detection and the chance to escape.
A working smoke alarm should be place outside every bedroom and on every level of the home. Residents that are hearing impaired should install additional alarms inside the bedroom. There are alarms that use strobe lights that flash or vibrate to assist in alerting those who are hearing impaired.
Remember that having smoke alarms with dead batteries is the same as having no alarm at all. Batteries should be checked at least once a year. While you are checking the battery, be sure to remove any dust, as dust can also damage your smoke alarm’s sensitivity.
Studies show that untested smoke alarms lose about half of their dependability after a 5 to 7 year period. Smoke alarms should be replaced about every 8 to 10 years.
It’s time to check your smoke alarms!!