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Fire Prevention Week has been observed every October since 1922 to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire. This year Fire Prevention Week runs from October 9-15, 2016 and the theme is, "Don't Wait Check the Date!" Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org. © 2016 NFPA.
"Don't Wait Check the Date" focuses on the importance of making sure everyone knows how old all the smoke alarms are in their home and the importance of replacing them according to manufacturer's instructions. The Municipality of Port Hope Fire & Emergency Services Department wants you to join the Don't Wait, Check the Date! selfie challenge.
Smoke alarms don't last forever, so we challenge everyone to take a selfie of their family checking the expiry date of their smoke alarms and post it on social media, to show everyone your alarm's up to date.
Smoke alarms wear out over time and need to be replaced within the time frame indicated by the manufacturer, usually 10 years. The date of manufacture is indicated on the back of the smoke alarm and the expiry date is taken from that date. While smoke alarms typically last 10 years, some have different expiry time frames. Check the manufacturer's instructions for the expiry time frame of your smoke alarms.
The Municipality of Port Hope Fire & Emergency Services Department also reminds you that smoke alarms are required on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Test all of your smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button on the alarm, and replace batteries at least once a year or when the alarm's low battery signal begins to chirp.