Yesterday we focused on the word LOOK to help us find potential fire hazards in the home and correct them to prevent an accident.
Today the word is: LISTEN.
Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms can give you early warning of danger so you can get outside quickly. Here’s some important safety tips to help you make sure your smoke detector use is up to speed:
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, even in the basement.
- Large homes may need 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. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
- A smoke alarm should be 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.
- People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
- Replace ALL smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
- Also be sure to replace the batteries approximately every 6 months. To better remember, change the batteries whenever you change the clock for Daylight Savings Time.
Did you know that roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms?
Take the time now to test and LISTEN to the smoke detectors in your home.
Remember, fire safety and prevention starts with you.
Look. Listen. Learn