Smoke Alarms: Life Savers
Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments check your state requirements or contact local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.
Test smoke alarms monthly using test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every then years. Other alarms need batteries, replace the batteries every year and replace all together every ten years. If alarm chirps signaling low battery signals replace batteries immediately. Never disable or remove batteries with out replacing them or replacing the fire detector. Almost half of all fires where smoke alarms were present, the fire detector was inoperable due to missing batteries or in need of replacement.
In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area.
Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills.