It's Fire Prevention Week, and the National Fire Protection Association wants you to make sure they do.
KE fire protection engineer Gary Jones explains the urgency behind this advice: A disproportionate number of residential fire fatalities could have been prevented with working smoke detectors, he said.
Here are the basic rules for placing smoke detectors:
Additionally, Gary said, most home smoke detectors are designed to be replaced after 7 to 10 years of service.
The good news, Gary went on, is that options and functionality for smoke detectors have grown over the years. Options include life-long batteries, voice alarms, battery or hardwire, and interconnected wireless alarms.
For more information, check out the Fire Prevention Week website. They have tips, videos, and even a game.
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