|How healthy is your Smoke Alarm?
|There is no doubt
smoke alarms save lives, I have seen this many times. They are cheap, easy to
use and simple to maintain. However, I have attended many fires where alarms
were present but failed to actuate and therefore allowed the fire to go
unnoticed resulting is serious injuries and extensive property damage.
|So why didn't they
answer, lack of maintenance.
|You need to know that the alarm will
sound when you need it most. For example at 3 in the morning when an electrical
fault in the lounge has created sufficient heat to start a small fire. The
alarm should sound now (we know how sensitive they are from when we've
overcooked the dinner!); we now escape the property at little risk and alert
the Fire Service. The alternative is that it doesn't sound and we become
reliant on someone noticing it as it becomes rapidly much bigger. The odds are
now stacked against us; indeed we may never wake up.
|So how should a smoke alarm be
| Once a week ~ Test the battery by
pressing the test button until the alarm sounds.
| Once a year ~ Change the battery
(unless it's a 10-year alarm) perhaps on a memorable date?
|Twice a year ~ open the case and
gently vacuum the inside to remove dust from the sensors. If it doesn't open,
vacuum through the holes
|After 10 years it's best replace
your alarm with a whole new unit
|False alarms can show either that
the alarm needs servicing or it is incorrectly positioned.
|Smoke alarms are the most vital wake up
call you'll ever get. If you would like further advise on smoke alarms
(purchase, sighting, maintenance) or how to make your family fire action plan.
Please contact me or pop in to your local Fire Station