10/4/2016 - 2016 Fire Prevention Week October 9-15, 2016



This year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Don't Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years," represents the final year of our three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.

Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA's survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.

As a result of those and related findings, we're addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:

 • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

•  Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.

•  To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of
    the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.


Keith Thedinga, Fire Marshal
Borough of Somerville
25 West End Ave.
Somerville, NJ 08876

P: 908-725-2300 x1968
F: 908-704-3540

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