SMOKE DETECTORS—When you change your clock [spring ahead, fall back], please change the batteries in your smoke detectors. If your smoke detector goes off, CALL 9-1-1 and have the Fire Department come and investigate. We are the best defense against uncontrolled fire and we’re very inexpensive, free, actually!
CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) DETECTORS— When your CO detector goes off, CALL 9-1-1 and have the Fire Department come and investigate. CO is a colorless, odorless, flammable and poisonous gas!! The Fire Department carries special meters that detect the presence of CO.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of our three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.
Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.
As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:
- Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
- Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
- To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.