Fire Prevention Week


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.
2016 FPW infographic
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Is it time for your smoke alarm to retire? Sparky reminds everyone that smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years, and demonstrates how to find out the age of an alarm.

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Featured Product
Fire Prevention Week In A Box Value Pack (2016)
The 2016 FPW™ In A Box™ Value Pack is everything you need to make Fire Prevention Week™ a success!
Item #: PKG16

Fire Prevention Week Banner (2016)
Give working smoke alarms top billing in your community with 2016 Fire Prevention Week Banners!
Item #: BAN16

Fire Prevention Week Posters (2016)
Reach more people in your community with NFPA's new 2-in-1 English and Spanish 2016 Fire Prevention Week Poster!
Item #: FPW16