Smoke Detector Safety

smoke detector safety

Have you checked your smoke detectors lately?

Here is your friendly reminder.

Working smoke detectors can alert sleeping residents before they become fire victims, reducing your chances of dying in a fire by 50%. Smoke detectors (or smoke alarms) should be installed on every level of the home and in every room where someone sleeps.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and batteries should be replaced at least once a year.

To Test: Locate the test button, then push and hold it for a few seconds to trigger the alarm. If you don't hear the alarm or if the sound is weak, the detector is not powered properly. In this case, try replacing the batteries.  The battery is usually a single 9V or 2 AA batteries.

TIP: Adding a calendar reminder every few months to test your smoke alarms is an easy way to remember and give you peace of mind.