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Maintaining Your Home’s Fire Alarm System

One of the most important household safety techniques you can implement is the purchase and proper installation of an adequate number of smoke alarms in your home. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers the following facts regarding smoke alarms and fires.

* One-half of home fire deaths occur in the 6 percent of homes without smoke alarms.

* Homes with smoke alarms typically have a death rate that is 40 to 50 percent less than the rate in homes without alarms.

* In three of every ten reported fires in homes equipped with smoke alarms, the devices were not operational.

The NFPA offers safety tips regarding smoke alarms for you to consider.

* New batteries should be installed in all smoke alarms annually or when the alarm chirps to warn that the battery is weak.

* Smoke alarms should be tested monthly.

* Smoke alarms should be placed outside each sleeping area and on each floor of the home, including the basement.

* Smoke alarms should be interconnected, so if one goes off, they all go off.

* Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

2 thoughts on “Maintaining Your Home’s Fire Alarm System

  1. Safety is indeed the best attitude for any home and office. Thanks for sharing wisdom through this article. The need of a sprinkler system, fire alarm and fire detector is the need of hour. We cannot afford to neglect it in today's time where information, data, property, people and peace is at utmost priority. It is not about which service you are using but more about the safety concern in your conscious. Be aware, be safe!

  2. I just moved into a new place, and the fire alarms that are here are ancient. I want to get them all upgraded, or at the very least I want to make sure they are still all working. I didn't know that you had to do anything but check the batteries occasionally to keep up fire alarms. http://www.firealarmboston.com

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