Fire Prevention Week - Learn About Smoke Alarms at Home
October 3-9, 2021 is National Fire Prevention Week.
Today we will provide some tips about smoke alarms in your home.
Smoke alarms are an important part of your fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads quickly. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can quickly get outside.
Safety Tips from the National Fire Protection Association
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be placed outside the sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Larger homes may require extra smoke alarms.
- It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms - when one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
- Test all smoke alarms at least once a month and replace the batteries as needed.
- Current alarms available include many different types of technology such as multi-sensing which can also include carbon monoxide detection.
- A smoke alarms should be on the ceiling or high on the wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms (at least 10 feet from the stove).
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
- A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire
- Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or non working smoke alarms.
The owners of SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties are no strangers to the importance of working smoke alarms. They lost everything in their own devastating house fire, but thanks to inter-connected, working smoke alarms on every level and in every bedroom, everyone made it out safely before the fire spread. Please be safe and protect your home and family. Smoke alarms save lives.