Smoke Alarm Fire Prevention Week NFPA

It is fire prevention week promoted by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) and we are encouraging everyone to check and replace their smoke detector batteries in their home. Most smoke detectors in homes are battery powered because many homes are not wired for smoke detector alarms. Alkaline disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries can be used to power the smoke detectors. Smoke detector alkaline batteries should be replaced twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring to ensure that they work. If rechargeable batteries are being used, they should be recharged more frequently on a month to month basis, but we don't recommend using them in smoke detectors. The NFPA, recommends that home-owners replace smoke detector batteries with a new battery at least once per year, when it starts chirping (a signal that its charge is low), or when it fails a test, which the NFPA recommends to be carried out at least once per month by pressing the "test" button on the alarm.

Smoke detector safety tips can be found on the NFPA Web site.

2010 Fire Prevention Week by the NFPA. http://www.firepreventionweek.org/

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