It is that time of year when we start to winterize our homes and get ready for mother nature to start blowing those cold winds. It is also a good time to check your smoke detectors. We all hear in the news about house fires caused by space heaters or fireplace failures. With those news stories we also hear if the homes had a working smoke detectors or not. According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke detector. A working smoke detector significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.
- Did you know that some fire departments offer reduced price, or even free, smoke alarms. Contact your local fire department’s non-emergency phone number for more information.
- It is important to install smoke detectors on every level of your home including the basement.
- Most fires start late at night or early in the morning. Check smoke detectors monthly and replace the batteries per the manufactures instructions.
- Always follow the manufactures instructions for your make and model.
- Never disable a smoke detector-It could be a deadly mistake. Instead open a window, turn on a fan to blow the smoke away or fan it with a dishcloth until the air is clear.
- Remember when your smoke detector sounds off it is doing its job.
- Teach your children what to do when the smoke detector sounds and have a plan.
- Do your research on the best products to install in your home. The safety of you and your family depends on your knowledge and preparedness.