This year the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association – NFPA.org) has released its Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” Fire Prevention Week occurs October 9th – October 15th. This campaign represents the final year of their three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.
Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.
As a result of those and related findings, they’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:
* Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
* Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
* To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.