Don’t wait: check the date. That’s a message from the National Fire Prevention Association, organizers of Fire Prevention Week. If the smoke alarms in your house are more than ten years old, advise the experts, it’s time to replace them.
Not many homeowners know how old their smoke detectors are, but it’s easy to find out: just unscrew each detector from its mounting, and check the date of manufacture on the back.
If you discover you need new smoke detectors this year, you’ll find more options than last time you shopped—including ‘smart’ smoke detectors that alert you by text message. However, these don’t always provide the maximum protection for your home.
The smartest smoke detectors are those installed as part of a smart home security system. In the event of a fire, your security system to detects the threat, sounds the alarm, alerts professional assistance, and responds with proactive safeguards that protect your family.