People often ask how they can minimize the risk of fire deaths in their home. The easy and very simple answer to this question is: Obtain a smoke detector. If you have a properly functioning smoke detector in your home or apartment, your chances of dying in a fire may be reduced by 50%. In almost 40% of all the reported fires, smoke detectors sounded and provided the first warning of a fire.
- Install a smoke alarm on every floor of your home.
- Test the alarm monthly by pushing the test button.
- Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries are designed to work for 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire alarm.
- Fore smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace the battery at least once a year. If the alarm “chirps,” replace the battery right away.
- Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound and understands the warning of a smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
In half of the fires in which smoke alarms did not operate, the batteries had been removed or disconnected.
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