Time: 15 minutes
Home fires cause 2,470 deaths, 12,890 injuries, and $6.9 billion in direct property damage on average every year. While you can’t do anything about losing an hour when the clocks spring ahead this Sunday, you can use daylight saving time as a reminder to check your alarms.
This simple habit saves lives - take 15 minutes this weekend to test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and to change the batteries.
What’s in it for you?
- Property damage prevention
Test Your Alarms:
- Most smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors have a “test” button. Push this button once a month to make sure the batteries are working. If you push the button and don’t hear a sound, it’s time to replace the batteries.
- Even if your alarm is hard-wired, you should change the batteries once every six months. The National Fire Protection Association and Consumer Product Safety Commission recommend changing your alarm batteries in the spring and fall for daylight saving time.
- If you’ve changed the batteries and the alarm still doesn’t sound, the alarm should be replaced immediately.
- Once you’ve determined an alarm is sounding properly, you should test the smoke detector’s ability to register smoke particles. You can light a few matches under the detector, or use a smoke detector tester spray.
- Alarms should be replaced when they are 10 years old. Alarms that came with a house should also be replaced unless you know the manufacturing date.
- If you don’t have smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors, install them.
Smoke Alarm Placement:
- Alarms should be mounted to the ceiling 4” from the wall, or mounted to the wall 4”-12” from the ceiling.
- Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, in hallways leading to bedrooms, in basements, and on every floor of your home.
- Don’t place your alarm too close to your stove or shower, as cooking smoke or steam can trigger the alarm. Alarms should not be placed near drafty areas such as windows, fans, or vents, as the air current can remove smoke and prevent the alarm from detecting smoke.
Carbon Monoxide Detector Placement:
- Carbon monoxide is roughly the same weight as air, so detectors should be mounted to the wall near the floor or ceiling.
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors should be installed in every bedroom, in hallways leading to bedrooms, and on every floor of your home.
- Avoid placing alarms too close to a gas-fueled appliances, such as water heaters, fireplaces, or gas stoves, which can trigger the alarm prematurely.
Improper maintenance of your appliances and heating systems, and improper ventilation, can lead to an increase of carbon monoxide in your home. Keep your machines are in tip-top shape with annual servicing and regular maintenance.
If you find a problem, call us at 844-99-SUPER and we’ll send a pro ASAP.