Don’t wait, check the date!

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Dur­ing Fire Preven­tion Week, Oc­to­ber 9-15, peo­ple are be­ing en­cour­aged to join the “Don’t Wait, Check the Date! selfie chal­lenge.”

The theme re­flects the mes­sage that “smoke alarms don’t last for­ever.”

Peo­ple are chal­lenged to take a selfie of their fam­ily check­ing the expiry date of their smoke alarms and post it on so­cial me­dia, to show ev­ery­one their alarms are up to date.

Smoke alarms wear out over time and need to be re­placed within the time frame in­di­cated by the man­u­fac­turer, usu­ally ten years.

The date of man­u­fac­ture is in­di­cated on the back of the smoke alarm and the expiry date is taken from that date.

Check the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions for the expiry time frame of your smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms are re­quired on ev­ery storey of homes and out­side all sleep­ing ar­eas. Test all of your smoke alarms monthly by push­ing the test but­ton, and re­place bat­ter­ies at least once a year or when the alarm’s low bat­tery sig­nal be­gins to chirp.

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