LED emergency lights come on automatically when the power goes out, giving you the light you need to see the way through critical areas to exits. LED units are brighter, more compact and have longer run times than older halogen units. Be sure to test your emergency lights at least once a month using the test button located on all emergency light units. Consider replacing older units with newer longer lasting units. Emergency lights are required in all public building spaces by the NFPA.
The NFPA also requires smoke detectors in all residential buildings. Detectors are required to be located in each sleeping room as well as the corridor immediately outside the sleeping room. Line voltage units with battery backup and interconnected link are required for all new construction residences. Be sure to check test at least once a month, and change your batteries at least once a year. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends replacing your smoke detector every 10 years.
Statistics to share
Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms
More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.
The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.
Also required by the NFPA is one carbon monoxide detector in each residential housing unit. BRK First Alert offers a carbon monoxide/smoke detector combo that can be used in place of one of the required smoke detectors to meet these requirements. Remember carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless gas that is fatal in very little time. Most victims of carbon monoxide poisoning never realize it until too late. A carbon monoxide detector will give you warning before the concentrations reach the dangerous level.