Does your home have a smoke alarm? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the answer is likely yes. NFPA research shows that most American homes have at least one. But do you know how old your smoke alarms are? If you’re like most people, you’re probably not so sure.
A recent survey conducted by NFPA revealed that only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are or how often they need to be replaced. That lack of awareness is a concern for the Kingsport Fire Department and NFPA, along with fire departments throughout the country, because smoke alarms don’t last forever.
“Time and again, I’ve seen the life-saving impact smoke alarms can have in a home fire, but I’ve also seen the tragedy that can result when smoke alarms aren’t working properly,” says Barry Brickey, public education officer of the Kingsport Fire Department. “It’s why we’re making a concerted effort to educate residents about the overall importance of smoke alarms, and that they do have a life limit.”
In Tennessee, landlords are required to provide working smoke alarms for their rental apartments and homes. If you are a landlord, replace the alarms in your properties every 10 years to protect your renters and your property.
The Kingsport Fire Department is hosting public events, station tours, and school visits in support of Fire Prevention Week/Month.
For more information on smoke alarms, events, and this year’s Fire Prevention Week/Month campaign, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.