We all know that we should replace the batteries in our smoke alarms on a regular basis. Many of us follow the plan of changing your smoke (and carbon monoxide!) detector batteries whenever you change your clocks. Spring forward, fall backward, change your smoke detector batteries.

That’s an excellent plan and it’s one we strongly recommend. But, have you ever though about replacing the smoke detector itself?

Just like it’s batteries, your smoke detector itself has a shelf life. The NFPA recommends:

  • 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.

Some newer smoke detectors will have a “replace on” date that keeps the math simple for you.

This fall, when you are changing your smoke detector batteries, take a moment to flip the unit over and check out the date of manufacture. If it’s 2006 or before, please consider replacing it.


About David Dempsey Insurance Agency

Founded in 1984 by David Dempsey, David Dempsey Insurance Agency serves Rome, GA, Floyd County Georgia, metro Atlanta and surrounding area. Focusing on insurance for families and individuals, we don't provide quotes - we provide auto and home solutions for our fellow community members. We also specialize in insuring retail businesses, restaurants, health clubs and child care / home care centers.