Don’t wait, check the date!
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.