It’s National Fire Prevention Week and we at A Total Solution, Inc. are so excited to celebrate with fire safety tips! Dating back to 1925, President Calvin Coolidge was the first to issue the Presidential proclamation for this week in commemoration for the Great Chicago Fire, with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as the international sponsor. The Great Chicago Fire killed more than 250 people, left over 100,000 people homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres between October 8th and 9th of 1871.

The campaign theme for this year is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”

The importance of having effective and updated smoke alarms in your home and office cannot be stressed enough. Just as their name suggests, smoke alarms alert occupants of smoke coming from a fire inside of the building. They give you enough time to get outside and away from the fire before it is too late.

The National Fire Protection Association conducted a survey to see what kind of misconceptions the public had about smoke alarms, which could put them at an increased risk in the event of a fire. The results showed that many people did not know how old their smoke alarms are, nor did they know how often they are supposed to be replaced.

It is important to remember these helpful tips and key messages when dealing with smoke alarms and fire safety:

  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years!
  • Know the age of every smoke alarm in your home or office.
  • If you do not know it’s age, check the manufacturer date located on the back of the alarm.
  • If the smoke alarm is occasionally chirping or beeping, the battery is dying and is in need of replacement.

Smoke alarms and fire alarm systems are the best way to protect your building and its occupants should a fire occur. At A Total Solution, Inc., we offer many fire alarm services, such as fire alarm maintenance, inspections and installations, repairs, and even monitoring. Contact our team today to learn more about fire protection. Be sure to pass on the message of National Fire Prevention Week by sharing these smoke alarm tips!