Fire Prevention Week 2014, October 5th-11th

Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!

I have a very vivid memory, from my childhood, of the smoke alarm going off in the middle of the night.  Luckily, there was no fire and my mother blamed the alarm on a spider getting inside the smoke detector.  That was the first time I ever thought about fire prevention and the dangers of non-working smoke detectors.

Missing, disconnected or dead batteries are the most common reasons for non-working fire alarms.  According to the NFPA, working smoke alarms reduce the risk of death in a residential fire by 50%.  The common household practice of changing the smoke alarm batteries every 6 months (at the same time we change the HVAC filter), is not sufficient.  It is imperative that smoke detectors be checked monthly.

I can’t count the number of times I have turned on a flashlight, only to find out the batteries are dead.  Do not let that happen to your smoke detectors.  Everyone can make it a priority to protect our families.  Take the “Smoke Alarm Pledge” sponsored by NFPA, LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND California.

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Some content has been reproduced from NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week website, ©2014 NFPA.

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