Smoke Alarm Safety
According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost 3 out of 5 home fire deaths were caused in properties with no smoke alarms or smoke alarms that failed to operate. Hardwired alarms functioned 94 percent of the time while battery-powered alarms operated 82% of the time. Here are some tips to help keep your home safe in case of a fire.
-When your smoke alarm chirps, it means it’s time to change the batteries.
-The two most common types of smoke alarms are ionization and photoelectric. Ionization is more reactive to flaming fires whereas photoelectric are more responsive to fires that begin with a long period of smoldering. It’s recommended to use both types of alarms but combination alarms are available.
-Smoke Alarms should be tested at least once a month by pushing the test button, to make sure it works.
-Conduct a home fire drill at least twice a year. One during the day and one during the night while practicing different ways to get out of the home. Also, make sure to teach small children how to get out on their own.
-Choose an outside meeting place where firefighters can easily see you.
-Smoke alarms should be placed on a ceiling or high on a wall with an alarm at least 10 feet from a kitchen appliance to prevent false alarms.
-Make sure everyone in the home knows how to dial 911.
-Interconnected alarms are the most recommended because when one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
-Make sure everyone knows two ways out of every room.
-Smoke alarms should be placed in every bedroom and outside of every sleeping area with an alarm on every floor of the home, including the basement.
-All fire alarms need to be replaced when they are 10 years old from the date of manufacture.
- A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
-Make sure to never reenter a burning home
By doing simple safety checks on your alarm and preparing your family, you can keep your family safe.
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