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Experts Offer Smoke Alarm Safety Tips During Fire Prevention

October 14, 2010 by  

Experts offer smoke alarm safety tips during Fire Prevention The week of Oct. 3-9 has been marked as National Fire Prevention Week, and safety experts have used it as an opportunity to educate Americans about how to keep themselves and their families safe during a similar emergency.

For example, Allyson Fulton of Safe Kids Pennsylvania, says that more than 400 American children die in home fires alone each year, but correctly installed and working smoke detectors can cut the risk nearly in half.

Smoke alarms should be installed on each level of a house and near each sleeping area or bedroom. Since smoke rises to the ceiling during a fire emergency, they should be paced as high as possible and toward the center of the room.

Proper maintenance of this system is also an important part of ensuring survival in the case of a fire. Alarms should be tested once a month and vacuumed regularly to prevent blockage with dust and other particles. Batteries should be replaced once per year.

Finally, families should conduct periodic fire drills so that during an emergency everyone — especially young children — know several escape routes and a safe meeting place outside. 

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  • eddie47d

    I’ve replaced 4 batteries this year because the alarm was chirping. Once in the middle of the night so it pays to stay on top of changing there batteries. It seems best to have them hardwired with battery backup. Battery only ones can go dead and send a false alarm which can be startling.

  • Casey

    I’m not sure how universal it is but around here in Oregon, while hard wired / combo detectors are available, we can only purchase battery powered detectors that have a Lithium battery with a 10 year life expectancy. Replacing the battery annually seems a bit over agressive. Suggest rather that one perform the suggested maintenance with the tests and cleaning. Then when the battery expires, you buy a new detector.

  • http://guncontrol Eileen Barayasarra

    When my late mother was 85, I moved her into an apartment. The first morning when her shower steam set off her fire alarm, a young, very handsome man who lived near her came running in to see what was burning. Mom was standing there trying to cover her ample body with the smallest towel she owned. Later she called me giggling about it. I scolded her by saying “I move my mother in to a nice apartment with respectable people and WHAT DOES SHE DO? Runs around naked with a handsome young man in her apartment!!” She had a funny story to tell her friends at the ladies’ club, anyway! He came back after she was dressed and changed the battery for her. ALWAYS CHECK YOUR BATTERIES!!

  • Ted Burrell

    In Canada, we are advised to replace our smoke detector batteries with the semi-annual time changes, except for Saskatchewan when spring or fall arrive.

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