Don’t Wait, Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years
DENVER – As National Fire Prevention Week (October 9 – October 16) gets underway the Denver Fire Department in partnership with First Alert (www.firstalert.com) want to remind residents that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms do not last forever. “Replacing smoke alarms is a really important message that we want to make sure everyone is aware of,” said Denver Fire Chief, Eric Tade. “We want to ensure people are not lured into a false sense of security by changing batteries in a smoke detector that is past its useful life.” The alarms may not work when they are needed most. It is important to remember:
• Three out of five home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms
• 450 people are killed from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning yearly
• For 25 years, people have been reminded to change clocks and change batteries but smoke alarms do NOT last forever.
• Smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years and CO alarms every 5 – 10, depending on the alarm.
According to the NFPA, install smoke alarms in very bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Be aware that larger homes may need additional alarms.
To help with this education outreach, First Alert has donated 200, 10 year battery, smoke alarms to the Denver Fire Department. The 10 year batteries are sealed within the alarms meaning you never have to change the batteries for the life of the alarm. At the end of 10 years, the alarm will signal that it’s time to take it down and put up a new one.
At the request of the Denver Fire Department, First Alert is making its fire safety products available at a 20% discount via its online store only from Friday, October 7 through Wednesday, November 30. Visit www.firstalertstore.com/DenverDiscount and enter the coupon discount code, DenverFD.
About the Denver Fire Department: Founded in 1866, the Denver Fire Department is dedicated to providing quality, timely and professional emergency services to those who live in, work in, and visit the City and County of Denver and the communities we serve; respecting each other through trust, pride, diversity, integrity, and training; and working together to achieve the highest levels of preparedness, prevention, and community involvement with dedication to purpose. The Denver Fire Department is on Facebook (DenverFireDepartmentCO) and Twitter (@Denver_Fire).
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