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Family Safety: Your Smoke Alarms

It only takes a few minutes of your time to save a life. Check the operation of your home smoke alarms to make sure they are operating correctly. Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. They are a critical first step for staying safe, but in order to be effective, they have to be working properly. For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area and in each bedroom.

Did you already do this? Use Daylight Savings Time as a reminder to check your smoke alarms. Replace conventional batteries at least once a year, even if alarms are wired directly into your home’s electrical system. Consider installing a smoke alarm that has a 10-year battery. Smoke alarms expire after 10 years. So if your alarm is more than 10 years old, you should install a new one to keep your family safe.