When was the last time you checked your fire alarm?
If you have read the news at anytime over the last year, then you have likely come across a story about a homeowner who failed to maintain their fire alarm system or who turned it off because the noise annoyed them. This decision led them to lose their life in a fire.
For whatever reason, people are neglecting their fire alarms or are even shutting them off. This is dangerous and must be avoided at all times, especially if you value your existence.
Remember, having a fire alarm system isn’t a voluntary choice; it is mandated by the state.
Most people understand the value of fire alarm systems. This is why it is important to occasionally keep an eye on the fire alarm and to regularly maintain these systems.
Here are five tips for maximizing the effectiveness of your fire alarm systems:
1. Have Them at the Right Places
If you live in an apartment then the fire alarm system is likely situated in the hallway. If you live in the home then perhaps you only have the fire alarm in the centre of the house.
Ultimately, you want to implement a strategy and ensure the devices are stationed at logical places. For instance, you would want a fire alarm in the kitchen, in the basement and near all of the electrical equipment. Strategy is key, which will make sure everyone in the home is safe.
2. Ensure You Have Enough Systems
Do you have a bachelor apartment? One fire alarm will suffice. Do you have a four-bedroom house? Well, you’ll need a little more than just one fire alarm.
In other words, depending on the size of your humble abode, you will need to ensure you have enough fire alarm systems. Indeed, the more you have, the better off you will be in the event of a fire in the kitchen or in the basement.
3. Clean Your Fire Alarms Monthly
Yes, your fire alarm is hanging from your ceiling, which is about 12-feet high. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore your fire alarms. Instead, about every month or so, you should take the time to clean them thoroughly, which also affords you the opportunity to perform an inspection.
If you don’t want to grab your latter and clean it, then get a duster with a stick and wipe it off.
4. Make Sure the Batteries Are Working
Today, the rule of thumb when it comes to your fire alarm’s batteries is to change them each time you need to turn the clocks one hour ahead or one hour back. If you want to be really be careful then perhaps you should change your batteries every three months.
5. Replace Your Alarms Every 10 Years
For the most part, fire alarm systems have a 10-year lifespan. This means that you will need to replace your fire alarm every decade. Since this is a long period of time, and you will probably forget, the fire alarm will have a label as to when you either purchased it or installed it.
Just remember: replace your fire alarm!