Do Your Customers Know When to Replace Smoke Alarms?

Study reveals most Americans don’t know how often they should replace their smoke alarms.

The 90th iteration of Fire Prevention Week began on Sunday and lasts until Saturday the 15th. This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.

Shockingly, a survey conducted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) revealed that nine out of 10 Americans do not know when it is time to replace their smoke alarms.

“While the public generally knows that smoke alarms play an important role in home fire safety, some smoke alarm messages are not as well understood,” says Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy for NFPA. “Not knowing how often smoke alarms need to be replaced – or that they even have an expiration date – are among them.”

A smoke alarm’s age can be determined by looking at the manufacturing date found on the back or side of the device. Replace the smoke alarm 10 years from that date. 

This Fire Prevention Week, make sure to take the time check the age of your smoke alarms to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you. 

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Steven A. Karantzoulidis is the Web Editor for Security Sales & Integration. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Communication and has a background in Film, A/V and Social Media.

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