Have you changed your smoke-alarm batteries within the last year? Do you have a home fire escape plan? Don’t wait until disaster strikes to find out about fire safety. We at LFD would like to pass along some helpful information to ensure you and your family stay safe. This month's content is provided from the National Fire Protection Association, the leading information and knowledge resource on fire, electrical and related hazards.
Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms 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.
There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use of both types of alarms in the home.
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.
Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.
For more helpful tips, information and resources, please visit the NFPA’s website linked below.