Installing working smoke detectors in your home will increase your family’s chances of surviving a fire. Although almost 90% of American homes have smoke alarms, statistics show that at least 50% of the time the smoke alarms do not work, which is typically due to dead or missing batteries.
To safeguard your family against fire you should install a smoke alarm on each level of your home and outside sleeping areas. For additional protection, especially in homes with small children, you should install a smoke alarm in each bedroom.
To insure that the smoke alarms in your home are in working condition, you should follow three simple steps. First, make sure the battery works by testing the alarm monthly. Second, change the battery twice a year, when you change your clock in the spring and fall for Day Light Savings Time. Keep the alarm clean and free of dust and other obstructions by vacuuming it monthly.
It is recommended that all smoke detectors are replaced within 10 years. For more information on smoke alarms contact the Liberty Fire Department at 816.439.4310.