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Smoke Detectors
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Monday, 15 December 2008 15:49
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Smoke Detectors

 

More than 1/2 of all home fires happen at night when people are sleeping. Smoke Detectors can reduce your chances of dying in a fire by half. Here are a few tips about smoke detectors.

* Smoke Detectors should be placed in every level of your home and each sleeping area should have its own smoke detector.

* Smoke detectors should be mounted high, since smoke and heat rise.

* Smoke detectors need to be tested once per month.

* Use a broom handle to check smoke detectors that may be up too high to manually press.

* Smoke detector batteries need to be replaced twice each year, even if they have not been used!

* A good time to change batteries is when the time changes each year.

* NFPA, (National Fire Protection Association) suggests replacing the entire smoke detector unit every 10 years.

* There are special smoke detectors for the hearing impaired that flash a strobe light and produce a sonic alarm that only animals and some hearing impaired individuals can distinguish.

* Never take the batteries out of your smoke detector for other household items. Over half of the home fires today that have working smoke detectors, did not have batteries.

* Most building codes today require hard wire smoke detectors that are connected to your home wiring system. These systems still need to have a battery back up system in the case of a power failure.

* When a smoke detector starts an annoying beeping sound every few minutes, it is trying to tell you that the batteries are going dead.

 http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2012/10/smoke-alarms-good-better-best/

                                                         

 

 

 Information taken from NFPA resources and web site

 

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 October 2012 15:09 )