Fire Prevention Week is underway and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is focusing on smoke alarms with this year’s campaign.
Data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which the NFPA says may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire.
A small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.
NFPA officials say smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
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.
Locally this week, the Charleston Fire Department will have their annual Fire Prevention Week Open House on October 15.
The event will feature games and educational features for the kids.
The event starts at 10 A.M. Saturday.