Standard Time and Smoke Detectors

At 2 AM on November 1, 2009 the United States will be returning to Standard Time. Please remember to set you clocks back one hour. The best time to do this is before you go to bed.

This is also a recommended time to check the smoke detectors in you home. Take the time to replace the batteries and check for correct operation.

Is it time to get new detectors?
The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) recommends that smoke detectors be replaced after 10 years of service. Tests have shown that at 15 years it is just as likely for a smoke detector to fail as to sound an alarm. This failure chance increases each year.

Does your smoke detector include a Carbon Monoxide sensor?
Having a Carbon Monoxide detector is just as important as having a Smoke Detector. Many Smoke Detectors do not include a senor for Carbon Monoxide. And those that do sometimes aren’t the most reliable. It’s better to have one of each than a combine unit.

Do you have an escape plan?
This would be a good time to go over the plan. In the plan know two ways out of every room and have a pre-arranged meeting place outside. And if you don’t have a plan, now is a good to to make one.

Smoke detectors save lives. But many lives are lost because of defected smoke alarms. 85% of the time this is because of a dead or missing battery/power source.

You aren’t being protected if it doesn’t work.

This would also be a good time for Businesses to check that their exit signs and night lighting (inside and out) are in correct working order.

This was written for the site and are suggestions for home use but can also be use within the business environment.

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