Is Your Smoke Alarm Working? Outdated?

October 20, 2016
Check the Date on your smoke detector infographicSmoke alarms are a vital part of fire safety. You should have a smoke alarm on each level of your home and in each bedroom.

Sadly, every year lives are lost because smoke alarms are neglected. From 2009-2013, three out of five home fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. According to the National Fire Protection Association, smoke alarms in nearly 1 out of every 5 homes are not working.

This week, we are celebrating Fire Prevention Week. This year's theme is Don't Wait - Check the Date!

Did you know that smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years?

  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

How do you know when you need to replace your smoke alarm? It is simple, watch Sparky's short video below to learn!



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Topics: Best Practices, Parenting, Health & Safety

Adina Young

Written by Adina Young

Adina Young is the Sr. Communications Manager at Child Care Aware® of America.