Fire Prevention Week: Smoke Alarm Safety in Geneva, Ohio
This week marks National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week. NFPA’s mission for this week is to educate people of all ages on how to prevent a fire as well what action to take in case a fire starts. One of the easiest and biggest steps for preventing a fire is to become aware about your home’s smoke alarms.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the fire death rate in homes with working smoke alarms is 51% less than the rate for homes without this protection. Having properly installed and maintained smoke alarms in your home is a necessity for any home. Since smoke alarms can be forgotten about, here are some tips on how to maintain smoke alarms in your home.
- Have a smoke alarm on every floor of your house plus one in each bedroom. Having a smoke alarm in each bedroom is important especially with you keep your bedroom doors shut.
- Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and batteries replaced yearly. Testing smoke alarms in your home on the same day every week is also another way to check our smoke alarm. If you begin to hear a low “chirping” noise from your smoke alarm, that signals that your alarm has a low-battery
- Clean smoke alarms monthly with your vacuum cleaner only. No wiping or water is need for cleaning purposes
- Replace old batteries in your Smoke Alarms when you move the clocks forward in the Spring and Backwards in the fall. Fall’s daylight savings time will happen on November 5th, 2017 at 2 a.m.
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. It is important to use the manufacturer’s instructions for installation. If your new alarm is hard-wired hiring an electrician is your best option.
Although we work hard to prevent fires, they still happen. If your home has recently suffered from a fire, give us a call at 440-319-3360. We will fix up your home and restore your furniture to make your accident feel like it never even happened!