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When You Change Your Clocks, Update Your Smoke Detectors

With daylight savings time just around the corner, it’s time to think about other ways to prepare for a new season, and that includes checking in on your household fire safety system. When you set back your clocks this season, it is a good idea to take a look at your smoke detectors and ensure they have fresh batteries and are in good working order.

It is very important to ensure fire safety protection for your home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, properly working smoke alarms can cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half. NFPA reports that 60% of fire deaths happened in fires in homes with no smoke detectors or no working smoke detectors. Keeping smoke alarms throughout your home for your fire safety system could save your life.

Luckily, improving your home’s fire safety system is not hard. To help you out, we here at Fire and Life Safety America offer a few tips below on how to make sure your smoke detectors are ready to go for spring.

  • Smoke detector alarms should be placed high on walls or on ceilings of rooms to best work as part of your home’s fire safety system.
  • Smoke detectors come in two types - ionization smoke alarms, which are quick to warn about flaming fires, and photoelectric alarms, which will warn you about smoldering fires. To best protect you and your family, Fire and Life Safety America suggests you have both ionization smoke alarms and photoelectric smoke alarms throughout your home as part of your fire safety system.
  • Test each alarm by pushing the test button once a month.
  • Replace the batteries in each smoke alarm once a year to make sure your fire safety system is in good order. If they emit small beeps or chirps, it is time to replace their batteries as soon as possible. Don’t wait to take care of your fire safety system and protect your home!
  • Make sure you replace your smoke alarms at least once every ten years.
  • For homes with deaf or hard-of-hearing people, special smoke alarms are available. Online you can find lists of fire safety services for those who may not be able to utilize traditional fire safety systems.
  • Fire and Life Safety America highly recommends that every room in the home has a smoke alarm. You cannot be too careful.

Fire and Life Safety America hopes these tips help you safeguard you and your family in the chance of a fire. But remember, smoke alarms are only one line of defense in fire safety systems. Fire and Life Safety America also recommends that you and your family discuss a fire escape safety plan just in case.

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