We at the Marthasville Volunteer Fire Department want to remind you that along with Changing your Clock this Saturday remember the following Fire Prevention Message from last year.
Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.
Smoke alarms save lives by giving people an opportunity to escape a fire before it is too late. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Top 3 Smoke Alarm Tips
Test once a month
Replace batteries every six months
Replace alarms every ten years
Install smoke alarms:
On every level of your home
Inside and outside sleeping areas
High on a wall, or on the ceiling
Away from air vents and windows
At the highest point of pitched ceilings
Standard battery operated smoke alarm batteries need to be replaced every six months.
Long lasting battery smoke alarms should be replaced according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Hard-wired smoke alarms should have the back-up battery replaced once a year.
Never disable a smoke alarm during cooking or other activities. If the smoke alarm falsely alerts clear the air by waving a towel near the alarm, but do not remove the batteries. Many newer smoke alarms have a hush button that can be pressed to silence the false alarm.
Using an ionization alarm near the kitchen, but at least 10 feet away from cooking appliances, may help reduce the amount of false alarms.
If an alarm has frequent false alarms replace the unit.
If your smoke alarm begins chirping do not ignore it or take out the battery. Replace the battery immediately to ensure proper smoke alarm function.
Hearing Impaired Units
Special units that use a strobe light, and shake a bed or pillow can wake-up and alert those who are hearing impaired or deaf.
MVFD recommends installing a home system when building or remodeling a home.
Installing interconnected smoke alarms where every alarm sounds regardless of the fire’s location will increase the amount of time to escape the fire.