Smoke alarms can alert you and your family to a fire whether you are awake or asleep and is an essential safety feature that all households should properly maintain and periodically test. This blog will point out some important information about smoke alarms.
- Be sure the smoke alarms are located on every level of your home, including the basement.
- Be sure to have smoke alarms inside AND outside a sleeping area (i.e bedroom and hallway).
- Test all smoke alarms monthly.
- If your alarm uses a 9 volt battery or is hardwired into your home’s electrical system, be sure to replace the batteries or back-up batteries at least once a year.
- Teach your children what to do if they hear the smoke alarm go off.
About 3,500 Americans die each year in fires and 18,300 are injured. Many of them might be alive today if they had only learned what to do if there was a fire. (source: U.S. Fire Administration).
Thank you for taking the time to prevent a fire or a burn injury from occurring.