National Fire Prevention Week October 9-15

  • By Todd Starr
  • 22 Sep, 2016

Don't Wait Check The Date... Smoke Detector Safety

Don’t Wait Check the Date!

Most of us take our smoke detectors for granted and never think about them until that annoying beep alerts us to change the battery! Don’t Wait Check the Date is the crucial message for National Fire Prevention Week this year from The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). According to NFPA:
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
  • To determine how old your smoke detectors are look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm. The alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

NFPA has dedicated the last 3 years to smoke detector themes for National Fire Prevention Week. There are many misconceptions regarding smoke detectors which put families at risk in the event of a fire. Know when and where to install and replace your smoke alarms.

Location, location, location is essential for smoke alarms:
  • Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area as well as on every level including the basement.
  • It is best to interconnect your smoke alarms so when one alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month.
  • Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years.
For more detailed information on National Fire Prevention Week look online at .

Call My Neighborhood Electrician to install or replace smoke alarms in your home. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any electrical issues call today at 770-205-2299. You can also request an appointment online at .

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