Your Smoke Alarm Can Save Your Life. Is Yours Working?

Article Posted By: Home Depot Staff

Did you know that having a working smoke alarm cuts the risk of you or a member of your family dying in a home fire by half?

Nine out of ten homes have smoke alarms installed. That’s great right?

But millions of those installed smoke alarms don’t work at all. Missing or dead batteries are the main causes of non-working smoke alarms.

Will you take a few minutes to check your smoke alarms today? Seriously, it only takes a few minutes.

Fire injuries and deaths can be prevented with just a little bit of effort. Here are a few easy steps can save your and your family’s lives:

  • Install a smoke alarm on every floor of your home, yes, even the basement.
  • Install a smoke alarm outside of every sleeping area in your home. Ideally, install smoke alarms in every sleeping area, too.
  • Test your smoke alarms monthly.  I know this sounds tedious, but it’s critical! Set a monthly reminder through your email or calendar tool.
  • Change the batteries at least once a year-maybe at Daylight Saving Time or on your birthday.
  • Please take some time to teach your children what your smoke alarm sounds like and what to do if they hear it-get out and crawl low under smoke.
  • Never disable a smoke alarm (like for cooking smoke). Consider alarms with hush buttons.
  • Never remove a smoke alarm battery for some other use, like a radio or video game.
  • Keep your smoke alarms clean and vacuum them often.
  • Replace your smoke alarms after 10 years.
  • Choose smoke alarms that come with 10-year batteries.

Check out more fire safety information to find out more about smoke alarms, escape ladders, fire extinguishers, etc.

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