Your Smoke Detector may be Out of Date

Your Smoke Detector may be Out of Date

Your Smoke Detector may be Out of Date

This way people in unaffected areas can be alerted before unsafe fire, smoke or carbon monoxide can spread to where they are.

"We strongly urge our residents to take 10 minutes at most to check their smoke detectors for their own safety and that of their family", said Greg Schreiner, fire marshal for County Fire. "We see too many disabled smoke alarms in fires when people really needed them to work".

Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. Whether you are awake or asleep, a working smoke detector is always on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.

Two thirds of home fire deaths are the result of fires without working smoke alarms.

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Vacuum your smoke alarms every month. An ionization alarm is typically more responsive to a flaming fire, such as a pan fire.

Like most people, Patrick doesn't want to have to worry about checking his alarm, and the one he had was very old. Dual sensor smoke alarms have ionization and photoelectric capabilities. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires.

DeLorie said "No one expects to be a victim of a fire, but the best way to survive one that does occur is to have working smoke alarms". Other times, they will replace the battery of chirping alarm for free. If you have no detectors in your home, this would be a great time to install them. This removes particles that could interfere with the alarm's proper operation. If a family member sleeps with the door closed, install one inside the sleeping area as well. That's why it's so important for every home to have them in all required locations, including bedrooms.

If you have an alarm that is over 10 years old, it needs to be replaced.

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