Smoke Alarm Safety
The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) reports nearly two-thirds of these fire-related deaths occurred in homes with no working smoke alarm or no smoke alarms present at all. Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when they are properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.
The NFPA recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house.
Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.
Once smoke alarms are in place, it is important to maintain and regularly test the alarms to ensure they are in the proper working order. Review the tips provided here regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance.
Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A preparedness plan allows your family, employees, or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation. For tips or information on emergency preparedness, contact SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West at 253-896-3000.
Smoke Alarm Tips:
- Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
- Test smoke detectors at least once a month using the test button
- Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old