October 2016 is almost upon us and that means fire safety month will arrive as well. Nationally, this month is recognized as the time of year when you should consider taking a few moments to refresh yourself on fire safety tips that keep you safe. This year's specific topic of discussion are smoke alarms. Be honest, when is the last time you thought about your smoke alarms? Maybe it was this spring when you changed your clocks for daylight savings time? Admit it . . . it's been at least a few months since you've thought about it. Take a look at some of the following informational tips to make sure you house is "fire safe" with working smoke alarms
- Did you know sensors in smoke alarms have life spans? Their ability to detect smoke begins to diminish at 7 years of age. Generally, it's recommended that you consider replacement at 7 years of service.
- Did you know there are two types of smoke alarms made for your home? Ionization alarms are better at detecting flaming fires whereas photoelectric alarms are better at catching smoldering fires. Within the past several years, combination units have have started "hitting the market" allowing you to take advantage of both types of sensors in a single unit.
- Did you know that smoke alarms should be in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on every level of the home?
- You've heard you should check smoke alarms twice a year when you change your clocks for daylight savings time. . . . did you check them this past spring? Do you have batteries in case you need to change them in your detectors this fall?
- Did you know you can now purchase sealed "10 year units" that have a battery that is enclosed and are completely disposable after 10 years of service negating the need to change batteries. All you have to do is test it twice a year with daylight savings time clock changes.
For more information on smoke alarms or other fire safety tips for October, visit firepreventionweek.org , or visit the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) web site at www.nfpa.org and click the "safety information" tab.