When To Replace Your Smoke Alarm
Is Your Home at Risk of Fire Damage?
If you are great at keeping up with home maintenance, including cleaning out the flex hose behind your dryer, then you've probably reduced the risk of fire. However, you may still be doing one the three things that are most likely to cause a fire in your home:
- Heating your home
Speaking of that hose behind the dryer, if you don't keep that clean, the build up of lint could ignite and cause a fire. Once you realize the potential for something sparking flames or smoldering into a blaze, the more important a smoke alarm becomes.
Replace Alarms Every 10 Years
The steps for replacing old alarms are easy:
- Remove the device from the wall or ceiling.
- Read the date of manufacture.
- If it has been 10 years or more, replace the alarm.
- If not, put the device back for a couple of years.
If you don't have a smoke alarm in your home, determine how many you need and install them. You can write your purchase date on the front of the alarm to save yourself a step or two, if you'd like.
Every Bedroom, Every Level
How many alarms do you need to protect your home from fire damage? The U.S. Fire Administration recommends one alarm inside every one of the bedrooms of your home, one in the hall outside of bedrooms, and an alarm on every level of the home, including the basement. Contact a local fire damage cleanup company to learn more about the best types of alarm systems in Tuckahoe, NY.
Test Alarms at Least Once a Month
Fortunately, this test is also very easy. You simply push the test button. If the alarm sounds, you're in good shape. If it doesn't, you should either replace the batteries and test again, or replace the device with a working one.
Today, the USFA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are working together to spread the importance of correctly installing each smoke detector and fire alarm in your home. Is it time to replace your smoke alarm?