Many people assume that because they have smoke alarms in their homes, they’re automatically protected in the event of a fire. In reality, it’s not quite that simple. Smoke alarms need to installed, maintained and tested regularly to ensure that they’re working properly. Part of that effort includes knowing how old your smoke alarms are, because smoke alarms don’t last forever. That’s something many people don’t know, but at the Deer Park Fire Prevention, we’re working to change that.
In coordination with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), we’re actively promoting this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait-Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” which reinforces the importance of knowing how old your smoke alarms are, and to replace them after 10 years. Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15, 2016.
To find out when it’s time to replace the smoke alarms in your home, simply look on the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture is marked. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not the date of purchase or installation).
Here are some additional smoke alarm recommendations and guidelines:
Please share this potentially life-saving information about smoke alarms with your neighbors, and help make our community that much safer from home fires.
To learn more about smoke alarms and this year’s “Don’t Wait-Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” visit NFPA’s Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org and www.sparky.org/fpw.
Fire Marshal Buddy Rice
Deer Park Fire Marshal’s Office