Every Smoke Alarm Has An Expiration Date: What’s Yours?
Does your home have a smoke alarm? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the answer is likely yes: NFPA research shows that most American homes have at least one. But do you know how old your smoke alarms are? If you’re like most people, you’re probably not so sure.
A recent survey conducted by NFPA revealed that only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. That lack of awareness is...
...a concern for Newaygo Fire Department and NFPA, along with fire departments throughout the country, because smoke alarms don’t last forever.
“Time and again, I’ve seen the life-saving impact smoke alarms can have in a home fire, but I’ve also seen the tragedy that can result when smoke alarms aren’t working properly,” said Travis Kroll, Lieutenant of the Newaygo Fire Department. “That’s why we’re making a concerted effort to educate Newaygo residents about the overall importance of smoke alarms, and that they do have a life limit.”
The Newaygo Fire Department is hosting a Fire Prevention Open House at 177 Cooperative Center Drive in Newaygo on October 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. in support of Fire Prevention Week. The event will include fire truck tours, water spraying, fire education and free food.
To find out how old your smoke alarm is and its expiration date, simply look on the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture is marked. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not the date of purchase). The Newaygo Fire Department also says smoke alarms should be tested monthly, and that batteries should be replaced once a year or when they begin to chirp, signaling that they’re running low.
For more information on smoke alarms and this year’s Fire Prevention Week, visit newaygofire.com.