Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they are properly installed and functioning. Most fatalities happen in home without working smoke alarms.
The Key Peninsula Fire Department recommends that you install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, including the basement. Even better is one in every bedroom. Smoke alarms are designed to wake you up if a fire starts while you are sleeping. Be sure your smoke alarms are near bedrooms and other sleeping areas in your home.
When was the last time you heard your smoke alarm? Battery-operated alarms should be tested once a month to make certain they are working.
Replace the batteries in your smoke alarm once a year. The Key Peninsula Fire Department recommends you do this each fall/spring when we change our clocks for Daylight Saving Time. Install a new battery immediately if an alarm “chirps” to indicate a low battery.
A ten-year lithium battery smoke alarm does not need to have its battery changed. Replace smoke alarms that use extended-life, lithium batteries when the alarm “chirps” or fails to respond to periodic testing. The batteries in these units cannot be replaced.
Use the hush button to silence a false alarm. Never disconnect or remove the battery. If your smoke alarm does not have a hush button use a magazine or kitchen towel to wave fresh air into the detection unit
Replace your smoke alarm every ten years. After ten years, your smoke detector will have been working consecutively for 87,000 hours. No other appliance in your home works this long. If you do not know how old your smoke alarm is, or if it is ten years or older, replace it as soon as possible.
Do you need smoke alarms in your home and cannot afford one. The Key Peninsula Fire Department has partnered with the Key Peninsula Lions Club to provide families in need with free smoke alarms.
To request your free smoke alarms for your home, simply use our online form to request one.