Smoke Alarms: It's Time for Change
With the Time, Should You Change More Than Batteries?
Historically, the saying has been “Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries.” However, with advances in alarm technologies, it is time to change the way we think.
When Daylight Savings Time ends on November 3, 2019, instead of just remembering to replace the batteries (even if a direct-wired unit), use this simple 2-step process to help keep your property protected.
1) Check the Age of Your Smoke Detectors
The sensors that detect smoke particles only have approximately a 10-year life span. While an alarm may chirp when tested, that only means the alarm has power, not that it will work in an emergency.
The first step is to check the manufacture date (or age) of the alarm.
2) Make a Change
A.) If the alarm is OLDER than 10 years, change out the entire ALARM (preferably to one with a 10-year battery*). OR
B.) If the alarm is NEWER than 10 years, and it is not a 10-year sealed unit, just change the battery.
*Alarm requirements vary by state and local codes, check the local Fire Department for current requirements in your area.
Pro Tip: Write the date on the side of the alarm with a permanent marker so you will not need to find the date the next time alarms are checked. Do this for older alarms, as well as new installations.
To learn more about protecting your apartments from fire and smoke, check out this article.
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