Arizona Fire Departments Issue Reminder to Check Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms have become such a common feature in U.S. homes that it is easy to take them for granted. These devices have alerted countless households of developing combustion, such as an unavoidable, deadly Arizona fire.

Arizona Fire Departments take action on the defective fire alarm epidemic in residential areas.

Arizona fire departments are reminding residents to check their smoke alarms. For most residential structures, having a fire extinguisher or sprinkler system is the most common and well-known, first line of defense. However, most people are unaware of their defective smoke detectors.In order to educate residents, Phoenix firefighters, along with dozens of volunteers, went door to door near Desert View Elementary School, offering to install and replace them for free. The volunteer team targeted older homes because these homes tend to have battery-operated smoke detector alarms.

The National Fire Protection Association says people often unplug the alarms when they hear a beep and forget to replace them later. Smoke alarms powered by lithium batteries do not require annual battery changes. These batteries are sometimes referred to as “10-year batteries.” They recommend testing alarms once a month by pressing the “test” button and replacing them every ten years.If you have a large home, officials recommend adding extra alarms and putting them on every level of the house. Volunteers say remembering to change out the batteries could be the difference between life and death. Residents who took advantage of Saturday’s free service said it gives them a sense of relief knowing they’re now prepared in case of a fire. Officials also recommend cleaning smoke alarms regularly by vacuuming them with a brush attachment. People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.

Keep your home safe from danger with working fire alarms. To have a CertiPro Fire & Life Safety professional conduct a test, inspect, repair, and/or certify your fire alarm system, request a free estimate for your property and connect with us at this link or give us a call today at (480) 829-7600.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]