According to the National Fire Protection Association, there is almost a 50% better chance of surviving a fire if your home has the recommended number of smoke alarms installed at the proper locations. Unfortunately many homeowners are unaware of the recommended number and proper placement of smoke detectors. The tips listed below are made by the National Fire Protection Association in an effort to educate homeowners about the importance of smoke detectors.
Quantity and Location
The most important aspect of installing smoke detectors is to install enough alarms in the recommended locations. The farther apart smoke alarms are located, the farther they may be from a potential fire. The farther smoke particles have to travel to reach the alarm, the longer it will take for the alarm to sound.
The National Fire Protection Agency requires all new dwellings to include, at a minimum, one smoke alarm in each bedroom, one outside of the bedroom area, and a minimum of one on each level of the home. In existing homes, the NFPA requires smoke alarms to be located outside of the bedroom area and on each level of the home. Springfield Township recommends that homeowners follow the requirements for new construction in all dwellings for best protection.
Smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years. Smoke alarms are constantly working, monitoring the air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just like any electrical appliance, the components of smoke alarms wear out over time.
Periodic cleaning of your smoke detectors is extremely important. Dust and cobwebs can accumulate and reduce the efficiency of the smoke alarm. It is recommended that you vacuum around the outside of the alarm at least once a year.
Smoke alarm batteries should be changed at least once a year. The best way to remember to replace the battery is to do it at the same time each year. It is recommended that you replace the batteries when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.