Are You Checking the Health of Your Smoke Alarms?

Mircom is raising awareness for NFPA’s National Fire Prevention Week, running from October 9th to the 15th. This year, the theme is replacing smoke alarms. For the first blog post of our fire safety series this week, we have provided you with some quick tips you can use to prevent fires and keep you and your family safe.

Fire Safety Saves Lives

Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years – the Ontario Fire Marshall recommends getting into the habit of replacing your smoke alarm every ten years in order to have a functioning device in your home. You may not know your smoke alarm isn’t functioning until it is too late. Look for the manufacturer’s date on your alarm – if it has been ten years, replace your smoke alarm.

Test your alarms monthly – Getting into the habit of testing your fire alarms monthly is a simple task you can do that may help save the life of you and your family in the event of an emergency. Test your alarms and ensure your devices are in working order.

Replace your batteries once a year – This is another smart habit to adopt that can be life-saving. Replacing the batteries in your fire alarms ensures they will function properly in the event of an emergency. Over the last five years, 35 per cent of fatal home fires were the result of a smoke alarm not functioning properly or not functioning at all.

Reach out to those needing assistance – Be sure to connect with your neighbours, family members or friends who may require your assistance in smoke alarm maintenance and testing. A simple monthly maintenance visit of 10-15 minutes may help save a loved one’s life.

Stay organized – Start a fire prevention log in your household where you can keep track of important dates: when to replace your smoke alarms, when you last replaced your batteries, and when you last tested your smoke alarm. If you know of anybody who does need assistance with smoke alarm maintenance, keep their contact information handy, along with the date of your last visit.

Please check our blog every day this week as we post helpful information about fire prevention, fire safety history, and what to do in case of emergencies.

To learn more about the NFPA, please visit www.nfpa.org.