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Does Your Home Need a New Smoke Alarm?

October 28, 2016

10-20-16_image1October is National Fire Prevention Month. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has worked alongside regional fire departments and safety organizations to educate communities about fire prevention methods. Beginning with Fire Prevention Week earlier this month, an important message has been spreading. You may know it is important to check your smoke alarm batteries, but were you aware it is also important to replace your smoke alarms every ten years?

According the NFPA, smoke detector alarms, as well as carbon monoxide alarms, have a shelf life. After a decade, these units begin to lose their reliability. One the first and best fires safety measures we can take in our homes is to have working smoke alarms. If yours is ten years or older, it is time for a new one. As the NFPA says, “Don’t wait, check the date, replace smoke alarms every ten years.”

10-20-16_image2If you don’t know how old your smoke alarms are, simply look at the back of your device for the manufacture date. If it is time for a new alarm, there are some great new options available. With our wireless and digital age, you can now find units that talk to one another. This is great news for homes with multiple stories, or which are on the larger size. If one alarm is triggered, the other alarms will go off as well, helping ensure everyone in the house knows of the situation quickly. Many new models also come with a lithium battery, which can last up to ten years, providing an easy reminder for when to get a new alarm.

There are a lot of different ways we can help prevent fires at home and keep our families safe. If you want to learn more, or share information with your kids, there are some great resources you can turn to in addition to the NFPA. The Santa Clara County Fire Department and CalFire are two examples I recommend.

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