Mighty as it is, every smoke alarm has a life expectancy. Most should be replaced every 10 years.
That’s the crux of the message of Fire Prevention Week this year: “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) promotes Fire Prevention Week every year to raise awareness of fire safety. The special observance was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that burned on Oct. 8th and 9th, killing hundreds and destroying thousands of structures.
Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed the week that includes Oct. 9th. This year’s event runs Oct. 9th-15th. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record, according to the National Archives and Records Administration.
The NFPA reports only a small percentage of people know the age of their smoke alarms or how often they need to be replaced. Based on those findings, the association is addressing smoke alarm replacement with three key tips:
- Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
- Make sure you know how old all of 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.
Do your part this Fire Prevention Week. Check your smoke alarms. If they’re at least 10 years old, replace them – even if they appear to be working properly. Your safety isn’t worth the risk.
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