North Bay Fire & Emergency Services want you to be S.M.A.R.T.Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by: Kate AdamsNorth Bay Fire & Emergency Services
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms do not last forever! Many Canadians believe that their smoke alarms last forever. THEY DO NOT. Learn the S.M.A.R.T Rule – know when it is Smoke Alarm Replacement Time!
North Bay Fire & Emergency Services warns residents that all smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years, whether battery operated or hardwired.
Even though an alarm may sound when you push the Test button or replace the batteries, an outdated alarm does not provide the level of protection you need. Sensors weaken and can become obstructed over time.
After a decade of continuous use, be S.M.A.R.T and replace those old smoke alarms!
Check the age of every alarm in your home…right now. Look for a manufacturing date on the back of the alarm or on a sticker. If any smoke alarms are over 10 years old, or if the unit is so old its age cannot accurately be determined – replace them immediately!
Like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms also wear out! They need to be replaced according to manufacturer instructions or every 7 years.
Fire Prevention Officer Sheri Korn stated that it is alarming the number of times we encounter homes that are unprotected by working smoke and/or carbon monoxide alarms. No excuse is worth the safety of you and your family. Test smoke alarms monthly and replace the batteries twice a year. ‘Long-life sealed lithium battery’ operated smoke alarms are now available to provide protection for ten years without battery maintenance.