According to the National Fire Protection Association, 3 out of 5 home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. This is something that just shouldn’t be.
Having a working smoke alarm is crucial to surviving a residential fire. The NFPA says the risk of dying in a home structure fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms. Both the NFPA and the U.S. Fire Administration say that smoke detectors should be “installed inside every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.”
The USFA offers the following maintenance guidelines:
- Test each alarm monthly.
- Replace batteries at least once a year. (like New Years Day or whent the time changes)
- The entire smoke detector unit should be replaced every 10 years.