Smoke Detector's Save Lives!
Smoke detectors/alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.* The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.
Smoke detectors work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.
SMOKE ALARM SAFETY TIPS:
Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance.
-Install smoke detectors on every level of the home, including the basement.
-Smoke detectors should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms.
Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
-Test smoke detectors at least once a month using the test button.
-Replace batteries in all smoke detectors at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
-Replace all smoke detectors when they are 10 years old.
*Tips and statistics provided by the National Fire Protection Association.