It is important to regularly check the efficacy and functionality of smoke detectors on one’s property, as doing so can mean the difference between life and death in case of fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoke can spread quickly throughout a space, and many fire-related tragedies occur each year on properties where smoke alarms are disconnected or faulty, do not have working batteries, or are missing from the properties altogether.
Having several working smoke alarms can allow for enough warning to get everyone out safely. The NFPA recommends installing smoke detectors on each floor of a building, as well as in any rooms used for sleeping. Additionally, smoke detectors should be regularly maintained, checked at least monthly, and replaced every 10 years.