|Fire Prevention Week
October 5-11, 2014
Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly. But smoke alarms must be tested to make sure they remain operating correctly.
Did you know that many people don’t test their smoke alarms as often as they should? When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. You need working smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Roughly 2 out of 3 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or the alarms are not working. Install smoke alarms and test them monthly!
Smoke Alarms at HomeSmoke alarms should be installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
Smoke alarms should be connected so when one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound. Most homes do not have this level of interconnect smoke alarm protection.
A smoke alarm should be installed on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
Smoke Alarm Choices and Testing/Replacement Schedule
There are two kinds of alarms, ionization and photoelectric. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.
People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers. There are also special smoke detectors created for children's bedrooms.
Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working. If it is not, replace the batteries and test again. If the smoke alarm still does not work, replace it immediately. Regardless, replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
For further information regarding smoke alarms or other fire prevention topics, visit the National Fire Protection Association website at www.NFPA.org or contact Titusville Life Safety Specialist Heather Gilmore at firstname.lastname@example.org 321-567-3804.