Fire and life safety experts across North America are busy sharing the Fire Prevention
Week campaign with the public–“Don’t Wait–Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms
Every 10 Years.” Now a public educator in Arizona wants to make sure that those
delivering the message are adhering to it as well.
Tanja Tanner, Goodyear Fire Department Community Risk Reduction Coordinator and
an NFPA Public Education Network representative has put together a video, which she
is sharing on social media, challenging first responders and fire and life safety educators
to check their own smoke alarms when they return home from conducting educational
presentations on the topic.
In the video, she removes the smoke alarm from the hallway ceiling of her home, checks
the date, sees that it was manufactured in 2011 and tests it. She then places the smoke alarm
back on the ceiling.
“Remember, anything over 10 years old needs to be replaced,” she says. “Make sure the battery
is working. The challenge is back to you. Make sure your families are safe.”
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