Smoke Detectors and CO Alarms

As a reminder for your safety, the Allamuchy Fire Department wants to reiterate the importance of these alarms, frequency of battery changes, and when to replace the alarms.

Smoke Alarms
1. Average life span of 10 years. When you change the batteries, take note of the manufactured date. If it’s been 10 years, please plan to replace the alarm as soon as you can. Regardless of the make or model, or what the manufacture claims, it’s always a good idea to keep up-to-date alarms in your home.
2. Batteries should be changed 2x per year. As a rule of thumb, when the clocks change, change your batteries. Do you want to wake up at 2am for that annoying 1x chirp?
3. Location. You should have at least 1 detector on every floor of the house, and within a few feet of each bedroom. Typical locations would include the basement (near furnace & at bottom of stairs), outside of kitchen, at bottom of stairs going up to second floor, top of stairs, and within a few feet of each bedroom.

CO Alarms
Carbon monoxide detectors are a lot like smoke detectors, but instead of looking for signs of smoke or fire, they detect levels of carbon monoxide. Winter months tend to be notorious for finding CO in homes, and for good reasons. Any time you burn something—like gasoline, natural gas, wood, oil, propane, or charcoal—carbon monoxide is released into the air. In outdoor spaces, this usually isn't a health hazard because there is enough area for the CO to dissipate, so particles never amount to a toxic level. The danger comes when carbon monoxide is released in a contained area like your home, RV, or garage.
1. Average life span of 5 years. Just like smoke detectors, when you change the batteries, take note of the manufactured date. If it’s been 5 years, please plan to replace the alarm as soon as you can.
2. Batteries should be changed 2x per year – just like smoke detectors.
3. Location. You should have at least 1 detector on every floor of the house, and within a few feet of each bedroom.
Please take the few minutes out of your day to look at your alarms, get batteries and change them, or update your alarm. Smoke Detectors and CO Alarms save lives! Be sure to protect yours.

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