“Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month” is one of the most important reminders you will receive this (or any) year, and it’s a most appropriate call to action during Fire Prevention week – October 5-11, 2014.
According to National Fire Protection Association research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire “IN HALF!” They further report that almost two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Alhambra Fire Department officials report that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.
You can learn more about smoke alarms by visiting the National Fire Protection Association website.
Take action by implementing the following suggestions:
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement;
- Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do;
- Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button;
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly; and
- Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
The message bears repeating: “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”