This week is Fire Prevention Week, and the National Fire Protection Association has made this year’s theme, “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” A recent survey by the NFPA showed that only a small percentage of people are aware of how old their smoke alarms are and when/if they need to be replaced.
The Importance of Smoke Alarms
As part of the National Fire Alarm Code, smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years, but most homeowners are not aware of this requirements and many homes have smoke alarms that are well past their expiration date. Smoke alarms are essential for home fire safety, but they need to be in working order to actually protect people. According to an NFPA report, 20 percent of U.S. homes have smoke alarms that aren’t working, and three out of five home fire fatalities result from fires in properties without a working smoke alarm.
Is Your Smoke Alarm Out of Date?
Is your smoke alarm out of date? Smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years. Don’t assume that just because you have a smoke alarm that it will ensure adequate protection from fires. If you haven’t already, do a routine check of your smoke alarms to make sure they’re in good condition. To find out how old a smoke alarm is, find the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm. If it’s been 10 years since that date, it’ll need to be replaced.
Fire Protection Week
The NFPA is a global, non profit organization that’s devoted to preventing injuries, property damage, and deaths due to fire. The NFPA has been the official sponsor for Fire Prevention Week for over 90 years, making it the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States first signed a proclamation declaring this national observance in 1925.
Smoke Alarm Replacement from Haramis Electric
When it comes to electrical work, Haramis Electric can help you get the job done. Haramis Electric is an Anne Arundel County-based electrical contracting company. We offer both residential and commercial services for clients throughout Maryland. Haramis Electric provides incomparable service that will give you the electrical work you need for your Crofton home without pushing you over your budget. Request a free estimate online or by calling 410-451-0200.