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Friday, October 14, 2016

Don't Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years

Fire Prevention Week is October 9 -15, 2016

The National Fire Protection Association @NFPA campaign this year is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”

This is the third year in a row they have focused on smoke alarms, but for good reason.  If your smoke alarms are not maintained or working properly, there is an increased risk in the event of a home fire.

To those in the fire service, the lack of working smoke alarms, especially in homes, sadly comes as no surprise. Every day, headlines from across the country chronicle fire after fire in homes without working smoke alarms. 1

Please keep in mind that smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

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.

Stay safe!  Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.

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