Your smoke alarm is normally a silent guardian, but will it be able to alert you when you need it? If you show it a little TLC every now and then, it could save your life.
Did you know that the Wilmington Fire Department will assist you with installing or checking your smoke alarm? Call a Fire and Life Safety Educator at (910) 343-4784 for more information or with questions about the many smoke alarms available today.
Here are some other things you should know about smoke alarm:
- There should be more than one smoke alarm in your home.
- Home fire codes now require that a smoke alarm be installed in each bedroom and hallway in all new construction.
- Smoke alarms should be tested MONTHLY.
- Smoke alarms are generally good for ten years, then they should be replaced.
- Batteries in smoke alarms should be changed twice per year. A good rule of thumb is to replace your batteries when daylight savings time changes. Alarms that have ten-year lithium batteries do not have to be changed until the recommended time.
For more information on Fire & Life Safety programs, call the Fire & Life Safety Division at (910) 343-0696 or visit their web page.