It's Fire Prevention Week, and this year's campaign is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” Here are 9 things you should know...
1. Working smoke alarms save lives
2. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly. Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button
3. Working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half
4. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms.
5. In a fire, seconds count. “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," says Peterborough Fire Chief Chris Snetsinger.
6. Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home—including the basement
7. Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
8. Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
9. Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.