March 7, 2013

news-home-safety-03-2013Spring is upon us, and it’s the perfect time to make sure your home’s smoke detectors are working properly.

Maintaining a safe home is easy if you follow these four tips from the Fort Worth, TX, fire department:

  • Install – Install at least one smoke detector on every level of your home. Be sure to install smoke detectors near bedrooms and any other areas used for sleeping.
  • Test – Battery-operated detectors should be tested once a month to make certain they are working.
  • Change Battery and Clean Unit – Change the battery in each smoke detector at least once a year. A good way to remember this is, “change your clocks – change your batteries.”
  • Replace – Smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years. If you don’t know the age of your smoke detectors, be on the safe side and replace them.

If you are concerned about the costs of replacing your smoke detectors, there are great local resources that will help you keep your family safe without breaking the bank. In fact, many local fire departments will provide and install a smoke detector in your home free of charge.

Your local fire department may also have flashing or vibrating smoke detectors available for loved ones who are deaf or hearing impaired.

In addition to having working smoke detectors in the home, all families should have an escape plan in place in case of a fire or other emergency. The smoke detectors and escape plan are by far the cheapest “insurance plan” you can have for your family and home.

So spring into spring with your family’s safety in mind! Check your smoke detectors today!