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Time to Check Your Smoke Alarm; Tips to Save Lives

Jan 04, 2018

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From ESFI

According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 1,450 fire deaths occur every year in homes with missing or non-functioning smoke alarms.

2/3 fire deaths occur in homes with missing or non-functioning smoke alarms

Install Smoke Alarms In:

  • Every bedroom
  • Outside each sleeping area
  • On every level of your home, including basement
  • On levels without bedrooms: install in living room, den, or family room
  • Install near stairways leading to upper levels
  • Install smoke alarms 10 feet from cooking appliances to minimize false alarms
  • Use interconnected smoke alarms for additional safety and early warning and consider alarms with a 10-year life span vs. older battery powered models. 
  • Low pitch sound, and vibration smoke alarms are available for those who are hard of hearing
  • Do not install near windows, doors, or ducts
  • Never paint smoke alarms

Remember to:

  1. Test smoke alarms monthly
  2. Change smoke alarm batteries yearly
  3. Replace smoke alarms every 10 years
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