Smoke detectors and preparation save lives
Residents are reminded of the importance and value of having properly operating smoke detectors in your home. A smoke detector may save your life!
If a fire occurs in your home, your chances of survival are when smoke detectors are present. Smoke detectors should be installed outside each separate sleeping area and on each level of your home, including the basement.
Smoke detectors should be tested every week. The face and grillwork of the detectors should be cleaned to remove dust and grease and dust should be blown out through the grillwork. Batteries should be changed on a regular basis. As a reminder, change your batteries when you change your clocks in the spring and in the fall.
Be prepared! Know at least two (2) ways out of your house. Parents with school age children are urged to consult with your children when planning exit drills in your home. Your children are learning "fire safety skills" in the local schools and you may learn from them. Remember, "A working smoke detector can be your best protection against fire" in your home.
Working smoke detectors can reduce the risk of death in a residential fire by 40 to 50%.