This Sunday November 3rd daylight savings time will end and we will be turning our clocks back one hour. The time change is a good reminder to check your smoke alarms.
According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), each year in the United States about 2,500 people die in home fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms present or no working smoke alarms present. Properly placed and maintained smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a home fire by 50%. Smoke alarms are intended to alert you to danger developing in your home whether you are awake or asleep.
Smoke alarms are powered by either a battery or hardwired into your home's electrical system. Hardwired smoke alarms are usually equipped with a backup battery which allows the alarm to function if there is a power failure. If your smoke alarm is solely powered by a battery, the battery should be replaced annually unless it is equipped with a long-life battery. All batteries should be maintained and replaced in accordance with manufacturer's guidance. In addition, all smoke alarms should be tested monthly by pushing the test button.
It is recommended that smoke alarms be installed in the following locations:
* In each bedroom
* Outside the bedroom area that is close enough to be heard through closed doors
* On each level of the home.
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