From the desk of Paula Sughrue from Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group, below is an important reminder about smoke detectors and how to keep them working to keep you safe.
Is your home protected with smoke alarms?
Smoke alarm safety should be taken seriously. You can save lives in your home by ensuring that you have enough smoke alarms and that they’re working correctly.
How many times have you taken out the battery of a smoke alarm because it’s faulty or going off because of burnt toast? Have you replaced those batteries? Smoke alarms can save lives only if they’re working properly. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get you and your family outside to safety quickly.
A recent Boston Globe article, Detecting Trouble cited that “more than half of fire-related fatalities occur between 10 PM and 7 AM, when many people are sleeping and not alert, meaning a smoke alarm is the best chance of survival.”
Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of your home including your basement. Smoke alarms should be placed outside each bedroom. Larger homes may need extra smoke alarms. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to avoid false alarms. Smoke alarms should also be replaced when they are 10 years old.
The units should be tested monthly. To ensure that your batteries are working properly, it’s a good idea to install new batteries once a year. It might make this chore easier if you replace the batteries when the clocks get turned for daylight savings time.
For more information on the correct locations of smoke alarms, contact your local fire department.