Orange County Safe Apartment Online Training: Maintaining Working Smoke Alarms in Apartment Homes
Risk Message More than 2,000 people in the United States, die each year in residential fires with no working smoke alarm. Working smoke alarms save lives during fires.
Participant will Learn Smoke Alarm Requirements by: Understanding the risk associated with not maintaining your smoke alarm in good working condition. Knowing the type of smoke alarm system installed in your apartment community. Identifying whether or not the smoke alarm in your apartment community are provided in the proper locations. Learning why it is important to establish a policy that ensures the smoke alarms are maintained in good working condition.
History of Smoke Alarms By January 1, 1987 the Health and Safety Code require all residential units to be equipped with smoke alarm devices. Since the early 1970’s apartments which are three (3) or more stories in height or which contain fifteen (15) or more units under one roof are generally required to provide a monitored automatic fire alarm system. Various system designs may exist depending on the year the complex was built.
Will dial a central control station, which contacts the fire department
If you have a commercial fire alarm system, it shall be tested by a licensed fire alarm company at least once a year
Provides a copy of annual fire alarm testing report
Smoke Alarm Location Smoke alarms shall be located in every sleeping area In the hallway leading to every sleeping area On every level of the apartment If your residences are having nuisance alarms, your smoke are may not be in the proper location
Smoke Alarms Install – Have the right type of smoke alarm in the right places. Inspect – Test your smoke alarms and teach your residence how to test them too. Protect – Have a plan for what to do when a smoke alarms activates and inform your residence on what to too when they hear a smoke alarm.