Home Owner Tips

Home owner TIPS



  • The National Fire Protection Association recommends testing your smoke alarms at least once a month.
  • Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of a smoke alarm and how to respond.
  • Follow the user manual instructions for cleaning and maintaining smoke alarms for proper functionality.
  • Smoke alarms require a new battery at least once a year or if a low battery chirp occurs.
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10-years.
  • Smoke alarms with a 10-year sealed battery should be replaced once it exceeds its life expectancy or if a low battery chirp occurs.
  • When replacing a battery, follow the user manual which includes a full list of approved batteries.
  • Smoke alarms should be maintained according to the user manual.
  • All First Alert user manuals are located on www.firstalert.com within each product page.
  • The NFPA recommends smoke alarms be installed on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Plan and practice an escape route with your family. If there is an emergency, everyone will know how to exit the home safely and where to meet. 

Source: NFPA

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