SMOKE ALARMS: You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers
Wednesday Oct 26th, 2022
Did you know that the Ontario Fire Code requires every home to have one or more working smoke alarm(s)? It’s also important to know where they should be installed, the different options and how to maintain them so that you can keep your family safe and sound.
How many do you need?
➡️Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of the home, and preferably in every bedroom.
➡️Depending on the age of your home smoke alarms may also be located inside each bedroom as well.
What are the different kinds of smoke alarms?
➡️There are two types of fire alarms: photoelectric & ionization alarms.
➡️Using a combination of units gives you the best form of protection.
➡️Generally, a photoelectric smoke alarm will not cause problems near the kitchen area.
➡️Consider interconnected alarms, when one sounds, they all sound. There are both battery-operated and hard-wired options.
How do I know my smoke alarms are working?
👍🏼If your fire alarm starts chirping, immediately change the batteries and test it to make sure it’s working.
👍🏼You should test your smoke alarms once a month. When you press down on the button the alarm should sound. If it doesn’t, change the batteries, if that doesn’t work, replace it. If there is no button, you need a new alarm, yours is outdated.
👍🏼The batteries should be replaced twice a year. A good time to do it was when you adjust your clocks for Daylight Savings, that’s Sunday November 6th this year.
👍🏼Every two years you should take off the cover, wipe it with a damp cloth, vacuum the unit and then once the cover is back on, test it to make sure it’s still working.
👍🏼Newer smoke alarms have 10-year lithium batteries, so the unit needs to be replaced when the batteries expire. This includes hard-wired units, some only have 5-year life expectancies.
Fire safety also depends on every member of the household knowing what to do and having an escape plan. If you do not have an emergency plan, take a few minutes to create one today.
Here are some great resources:
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Toronto.ca: Smoke alarms