Do your home’s smoke alarms work?

National Fire Protection Week

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:

  • One smoke detector in every bedroom
  • One smoke detector in the area immediately outside the bedrooms
  • At least one smoke detector on each floor

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.

Logo Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org. ©2014 NFPA.

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