1. Protect yourself and your family.
Most fire deaths occur in homes where there are no working smoke alarms. Remember, only a working smoke alarm can save your life.
2. Smoke alarms save lives.
Most fatal fires occur at night when people are asleep. Often victims never wake up. A working smoke alarm will detect smoke and sound an alarm to alert you.
3. Buy the best alarm.
There are many types of smoke alarms, each with different features. Alarms can be electrically connected, battery powered or a combination of both. A pause feature to silence nuisance alarms is highly recommended. If your smoke alarms are over ten years old they should be replaced. Don’t save money when your families life may be at risk.
4. One smoke alarm is not enough.
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, one in every sleeping room or at least outside every sleeping room.
5. Where to install smoke alarms.
Because smoke rises, you should place alarms on the ceiling. If you can not place them high up on the wall, according to manufactures instructions. Do not install them near bathrooms, heating appliances, windows, or close to ceiling fans..
6. Test your smoke alarm regularly.
Each month test your smoke alarm using the alarm test button. Follow your owners manual.
7. Change your clock, change your battery.
Change the batteries in all your smoke alarms each time your change your clocks, fall and spring. If the low battery alarm beeps change the batteries immediately.
8. Gently vacuum smoke alarms every six months.
Dust can clog a smoke alarm. Carefully vacuum the inside of battery powered units using the soft brush. Only vacuum the outside of direct wired smoke alarms. Always test the unit after cleaning them.
9. Smoke alarms don’t last for ever.
Smoke alarms do wear out, so if you think your alarms are more than ten years old replace them with new ones.
10. Plan your escape.
Make sure everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarm and what to do if a fire occurs. Regularly practice your home escape plan. Know two ways out of every room and where the meeting place is. Once out stay out and call 911 from a neighbors.
The Fire Department in cooperation with the American Red Cross has smoke alarms available free of charge to any family that needs assistance.
IF YOUR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR WOULD LIKE ASSISTANCE A MEMBERS OF DEPARTMENT IS AVAILABLE TO VISIT YOUR HOME.
CALL THE DEPARTMENT AT 676-2376