Winter is a particularly important time to check your home's smoke alarms.
Thanks to the good people at the CFA for these Tips to keep your smoke alarm in working order:
- Test your smoke alarms once a month. The alarm should produce a loud “beep, beep, beep” sound when you press the test button
- Clean your smoke alarms at least once a year by using the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Gently clean dust around the outside cover.
- Replace all smoke alarms, both battery powered and hardwired, every 10 years. The manufacturing year will be printed on the smoke alarm if you are unsure of its age.
- If your smoke alarm is powered by a replaceable battery, use long-lasting 9V alkaline batteries and replace them annually.
It is vital you know what to do if a fire occurs. Here's what to do when a smoke alarm goes off. Plan how you would escape a fire in your home and practice it with the whole family.
- Get down low and stay out of smoke
- If it’s safe, close doors on your way out to slow down the spread of fire and smoke.
- Alert other people on your way out by shouting “get out”
- Get out and stay out
- Meet at a safe place such as the letterbox outside of your home
- Call 000 (triple zero)
Stay snuggly and safe folks! Cheers, Marvin.