We all know that it is important to test your smoke alarms regularly and replace the batteries annually. If the ones in your home are more than ten years old, NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) recommends replacing them, as well. This applies to units that do not require batteries as well.
Why? According to NFPA, aging smoke alarms don’t operate as efficiently and are often the source of nuisance alarms. Smoke alarms older than ten years old are estimated to have a 30% probability of failure. Newer smoke alarms work better, but should be replaced after ten years. When moving into a new residence, is also recommended to confirm the age of the smoke alarms and replace them if the age is unknown or they are older than ten years old.
According to an NFPA study in 2015, one in five home fire deaths in the US were in homes that had smoke alarms that did not function properly.
Dead batteries were only responsible for one in four smoke alarm failures.
What to do:
Look for a date or a replace by date on all of your smoke alarms and replace any that exceed the replace by date, are older than ten years old or if you do not know how old they are. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Increase safety even more:
If you have a newer security panel, you can have a smoke alarm connected and monitored. In addition, you and have the system interact with lighting, so specific lights in your home are turned on when the smoke alarm is tripped, making it safer and faster to evacuate your family.
For more information, or advice on any of the above, contact Intelligent Homes Canada Today.