Smoke alarms may be the cheapest, easiest and most effective means for protecting your family and your home from a fire. These short post will cover 3 lifesaving smoke alarm safety tips that you should remember, such as: writing down the install date, testing your smoke alarm regularly and keeping your smoke alarms properly maintained.
Writing Down the Install Date
Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Most manufacturers list the date a smoke alarm was made on the back. That’s helpful information if you remember to look for it. Give yourself a proper reminder, and write the date you installed the alarm in big, bold letters on the base plate so you’ll notice it every time you change the batteries.
Three things you need to do:
- Check smoke alarms once a month.
- Change batteries once a year.
- Replace alarms every 10 years. Source: FamilyHandyman
Testing your Smoke Alarms Regularly
By regularly, we don’t mean once a year. Once a month is more like it. Press the test button and make sure each alarm is functioning properly. Have you heard a chirping noise coming from your alarm before? That means the batteries are getting low and should be replaced.
No matter if you hear an alarm chirp or not, batteries should be replaced yearly. Do it at the same time each year, and remember by doing it on a family member’s birthday, a special anniversary, or other date you’ll remember. Also use calendar reminders and other electronic alerts to remind you. Source: AlarmRelay
Keeping your Smoke Alarms Properly Maintained
- Every month (or at least every 6), clean dust from the alarms and push the test button.
- Never paint the alarm.
- Change the batteries every time you change your clocks.
- 10-Year Lifespan: An alarm that’s over 10 years old needs to be replaced. If you’re not sure how old they are, replace them. Source: HuffingtonPost