One of the most essential pieces of fire safety equipment we have in our homes is the smoke detector. Here a few quick tips to make sure yours are ready to alert you in the event of a fire.
Test regularly; the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recommends that we test our smoke detectors monthly. To some, that may seem excessive, but our smoke detectors must work correctly if there is a fire.
Replace the batteries twice a year. A good rule of thumb is to replace the batteries in our smoke detectors every time we change the clocks for daylight savings (March and November).
Some newer models have a sealed10-year lithium battery that doesn’t need to be replaced. Although these cost a little more than standard alarms, you’ll save money not buying replacement batteries and have the peace of mind knowing they will work when needed.
The value ofinterconnected alarms: Many homes have interconnected smoke detectors, meaning when one goes off, they all go off. This could be a considerable advantage, especially at night, if something were to happen.
Smart detectors: Nest Protect and First Alert One-Link are examples of connected smoke detectors that work with an app to alert you of activation even if you aren’t home. Nest Protect alarms also have some cool additional features like night light settings.
Our Vision: To help protect family and loved ones and reduce property damage by closing doors automatically when a smoke alarm sounds.
Our Mission: To slow fire growth, reduce damage and create survivable space for people and pets who are unable to immediately escape.