The Chemult Rural Fire Protection District recommends that you install at least 1 smoke alarm on every level of your home,including the basement "Even better is 1 in every bedroom". Smoke alarms are designed to wake you while your sleeping if a fire starts.Be sure your smoke alarms are near sleeping areas in your home.
When was the last time you heard your smoke alarm?Battery operated alarms should be tested once a month to make certain they are working.
Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms once a year.The Chemult RFPD recommends you do this each fall when change our clocks to the end ofthe light saving time.Install a new battery immediately if an alarm "Chirps" to indicate a low battery.A ten year lithium battery does not need to have its battery changed.Replace smoke alarms that use the extended life,lithium batteries when the alarm"Chirps" or fails to respond to periodic testing.The batteries in these alarms cannot be replaced.
Use the hush button to silence a false alarm.Never disconnect or remove the battery.If your smoke alarm does not have a hush button use a magazine/kitchen towel to wave the fresh air into the detection unit.
Replace your smoke alarm every ten years.After then years,your smoke alarm will have been working consecutively for 87,000 hours.No other appliance in your home works this long.If you do not know how old your smoke alarm is,or if it is 10 years or older,Replace as soon as possible.
Planning is the key to a fast and safe exit from a fire.
Once your smoke alarm has been activated you may have fewer than 2 minutes to escape.Make your plan today don"t wait until a fire occurs.
Start by drawing a floor plan of your home,marking two ways out of each room,especially the bedroom areas.If you live in a 2 story house,you may want to invest in a fire safty ladder,available at most harware stores.
Remember to set up a meeting place outside your home for everyone to report/meet after everyone has gotten out (a tree,mailbox,etc.)
The 5 steps for planning a safe escape:
1.Draw a floor plan of your home
2.Use arrows to show 2 ways out of each room
3.Designate a safe Meeting place outside
4.Designate a family member to call 911
5.Review the plan with your family on a regular basis.
In a real fire you don't have time to think about what you should do.Fire drills will make the steps of a safe escape second nature.Hold practice drills at night when most often occur,and hold suprise drills to have your family respond quickly.
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