It’s National Fire Prevention Week, and so I’m doing a little PSA on smoke alarms.
See this fact sheet from FEMA for more info.
Question for ya: How old are your smoke alarms? Did you know that the alarms need replaced after 8-10 years?
Our house is 11 years old and there’s no indication the alarms are newer than that, so we are replacing all of them. If you don’t know how old yours are, consider replacing them to be safe.
We chose an alarm* that has photoelectric and ionization sensors, which are designed to detect the smoldering fire and fast-moving, blazing fire. The house is wired so that if one detector goes off, they all do. Note that the version I linked is for hard-wired installations. You may need a battery-only version. There’s a 15% off deal for that alarm on Amazon, and perhaps there are more that qualify for that promo right now.
If your alarms are within reasonable age range, be sure the battery is fresh and operational.
Stats on the link above suggest that two-thirds of fire deaths occur when there are no smoke alarms, or no working smoke alarms. So maybe you have an alarm, but it’s not working because it’s old.
We also have an escape ladder* for my bedroom. I’ve been thinking about how to use it while carrying a baby. Probably something like: hold a kid in left arm, step down a rung or two, switch kid to right arm, grab a lower rung with left arm. I dunno for sure and I hope I don’t have to put it in practice.
Next up, we have a carbon monoxide detector and it just plugs into the wall. We have a fire extinguisher in our kitchen but we should also add one to our garage. Sometimes an extinguisher can put it out, sometimes you just gotta GET out.
Shane and I are going to talk about different scenarios for if a fire started and where we will meet up outside.
Talk about this stuff with your family. If your kids are old enough to understand, do a fire drill and have a discussion. Change your batteries on your smoke detectors, and replace them if they are getting old.
*links are Amazon affiliate. This content is not sponsored by anyone. I’m just on the safety patrol.