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Smoke Alarm Safety Facts

10/7/2014 (Permalink)

National Fire Prevention week

Smoke alarm safety facts:

  1. Usually when a smoke alarm fails to operate it is because the batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.
  2. Three out of every five fire deaths occur result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  3. NFPA’s 2014 Fire Prevention week theme is “Working Smoke Alarms save Lives.  Test yours Today!”
  4. You should test a smoke alarm by pushing the button with your finger.
  5. You should test your smoke alarms at least once every month.
  6. A smoke alarm should be installed inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. 
  7. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years from manufacture. 
  8. If your smoke alarm sounds whenever you cook you should replace the smoke alarm with a photoelectric type alarm and be sure that the alarm is at least 10 feet from the stove. 
  9. If your smoke alarm makes a chirping sound, you should replace the battery.
  10. With today’s modern furnishings and construction, you may have as little as 3 minutes to escape a home fire.
  11. If the smoke alarm sounds you should stop what you are doing and get outside. 
Facts Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org. ©2014 NFPA.

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