It is important for renters and residents to check their smoke detectors at least once a month to ensure they are functional. To make sure your smoke detectors will work in an emergency, consider the following:
1. Make sure your smoke detectors contain a charged, undamaged battery. To test the battery, push the “test” button on your alarm. If the alarm does not sound when the button is pressed, the device needs a fresh battery. Smoke detectors need to be replaced every 10 years. If you are not sure how old it is, replace it.
2. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home.
3. Plan an escape route, then run fire drills. If possible, figure out two ways to exit every room, even if that means out a window. Make sure everyone in the household understands and can run through the escape route. The practice should include the post-exit meeting place outside.
Smoke detectors save lives. Smoke detectors that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.