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Posted on: March 30, 2017

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without a working smoke detector. A smoke detector can help individuals and their loved ones escape a deadly home fire. It can also help save the lives of firefighters who would otherwise have to risk their lives by searching a burning home for residents.

Marble Falls Fire Rescue recommends the following simple steps for fire safety in the home:

  • Ensure that smoke detectors are installed on every level of your home and outside every sleeping area. If a family member sleeps with the door closed, install one inside the sleeping area as well.
  • Test your smoke alarms once a month.
  • Install a smoke detector at each end of hallways that are longer than 30 feet and at the top of each stairwell.
  • Install smoke detectors on walls at least 6 inches from the ceiling and corner. Smoke detectors in kitchens should be kept away from cooking fumes or smoking areas.
  • Sweep them off every month. Too much dust will hinder operation.
  • Most smoke detectors are battery operated. These batteries should be replaced at least once a year, but twice a year is recommended. Replace batteries if the detector “chirps.”
  • Smoke detectors do not last forever. Check the manufacture/expiration date on the smoke detectors and replace as necessary. Replace any smoke detectors that are over 10 years old.
  • Never disable a smoke detector installed in your home.

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