If they're 10 years old or older, they should be replaced immediately.
Anyone can walk into a store and purchase a smoke alarm for as little as $10. "We urge people to take these basic fire safety steps now and know what to should do if an emergency occurs".
Smoke detectors are getting "more efficient" as well, says Yancey.
You never want to see the fire department fighting flames at your home, but if fire sparks, it's important to have working smoke alarms.
For the greatest protection, install a smoke alarm on every level of the home and inside and outside each sleeping area.
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Dedicated volunteers like Chuck have been installing smoke alarms to help make their communities safer. They should also check to see if a potentially lifesaving device has expired - their smoke alarm.
∫ Smoke alarm hardwired into your home's electrical system: Test the alarm each month. Over time, sensors lose the ability to detect smoke.
The London Fire Department is reminding London residents to replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when they set their clocks ahead Sunday morning. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery. Two, it's very annoying when the battery goes off. The instructions are included in the package or can be found on the internet.
Commissioner Hudgens encourages all residents to test and clean dust from the smoke alarms monthly. Rural/Metro firefighters say once it's replaced, it needs to be tested. "Then, when you get out, stay out, and have a meeting place.whether it's the big tree in the front yard or the mailbox". Share and practice the plan with all who live in the home, including children.
Sound the Alarm is part of the ongoing Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, launched in 2014 and already credited with saving 381 lives across the country.