Got a fire alarm? Put it to the test
When was the last time you tested your home’s fire alarm? If you can’t remember, then it’s time to do it. Put your fire alarms to the test today. Please?
This is Fire Prevention Week. And, it’s one of those times when you really need to take action. It’s great if you have fire alarms in your home, and it’s not great if they are inoperable. As the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says, “Working fire alarms save lives.”
The NFPA has a fire prevention quiz that is enlightening. Okay, I’m giving you the answers to the quiz, but this is a test worthy of a cheat sheet. Did you know that if a smoke alarm fails, it’s likely because of dead batteries or because batteries were not properly installed? Other important lessons:
- Three out of every five fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- Many of today’s fabrics and products are MORE flammable.
- Old fire alarms need to retire.
If you have fire alarms manufactured more than 10 years ago, you need new ones. And yes, you need multiples. There should be a fire alarm outside every sleeping area. Having an functioning smoke detector is essential.
Forget the flowers and chocolates. Be practical. Buy every loved one a smoke alarm! While it would be ideal if they never have an opportunity to be reminded about who sent such a gift, it’s better knowing a smoke alarm is standing guard.