It’s that time of year again where we see on the news that our community members are going through a house fires. Here is a list of reminders when it comes to your SMOKE ALARMS and the safety for your home.
– Check that your smoke alarms are working properly. You should be checking them once a month.
– A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. As much as you want to keep the air moving for your child while they are asleep remember it is safer for them if their bedroom door is shut.
-Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
-Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
-There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in your home.
-When the smoke alarms sounds, get outside and stay outside. As a family you should be practicing what to do in those situations. How can you practice? Well when supper is cooking and it get a little black you should use this as a great time to practice. (Every parent should google why is it bad to just swing the kitchen towel to get the smoke alarm to stop sounding. You would be shocked to know that we are making it a normal sound to our children so when its real they can sleep right through it.)
-Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
Please use this information and if you have questions please contact your local FIRE DEPARTMENT. Have a great day everyone.