Fire Prevention Week 2014, Oct.5-11
Fire Prevention Month (October) kicks off with Fire Prevention Week, which takes place October 5-11. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”
Smoke alarms are designed to detect and warn that silent, but deadly smoke is in the air. An operable smoke alarm will reduce your chances of dying in a fire, nearly in half. Here are a few smoke alarm tips that will help protect yourself, your family, and your neighbors:
- One smoke alarm in the home is not enough. Install a smoke alarm on every level, including the basement. Make sure it is within 15 feet of all sleeping areas.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year. Coordinate it with the seasonal change of time, so you don’t forget.
- Never, ever take the battery out of your smoke alarm. If bathroom steam or cooking vapors set off a smoke alarm, open windows and doors to clear the air.
Download the Smoke Alarms Safety flyer to learn more about what you can do to stay safe.