LINCOLN, R.I. - Smoke alarms can save lives.
In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the death rate per 100 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms. As part of Fire Prevention Week, Amica Insurance is offering the following tips from the NFPA to make sure smoke alarms are property installed and maintained:
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Test smoke alarms every month. Immediately replace any smoke alarm that does not respond properly when tested.
- Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm, and when a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay there.
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. To determine the age of a smoke alarm, look on the back to find the date of manufacture. Replace combination smoke-carbon monoxide alarms according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.