Importance of Smoke Alarms
In the United States, 80% of all civilian fire deaths result from home structure fires. Most of these fires occur at night when people are sleeping. Smoke alarms double your chances of surviving a fire and a working smoke alarm could have saved these lives. People often assume the most fire deaths are due to flames. In fact, most fire deaths are caused by the inhalation of smoke and poisonous gases.
Smoke alarms are one of the best and easiest safety features you can use to alert you and your family if there is a fire in your home. Fire-rescue personnel want you to "Put A Finger On It!" and follow the safety tips below. If you need a battery-powered smoke alarm, they are available for free by calling 703-737-8600.
- Double your chances. When properly installed, smoke alarms give an early warning needed to safely escape from fire.
- Location, Location, Location. It doesn't matter if your home is big or small, old or new. All homes need smoke alarms that work. For the best protection, put one in every bedroom, in hallways close to sleeping area and on every level of your home.
- Pass the test. Check to make sure it's working by putting a finger on it. Push the test button or use a broom handle to reach up and push the test button once a month. Always use new batteries when replacing old ones.
- Be Safe - Replace. It is recommended that you replace smoke alarms that are 10 years old. Why? After working for 10 years, 7 days a week, your smoke alarm has been on the job for over 87,000 hours. Always follow manufacturer's instructions for replacement.
- Practice often. It is important to conduct regular home fire drills and to make sure everyone in your home knows how to get out and stay out in the event of a fire. Fire drills aren't just for schools - they are important at home, too.
- You can prevent a fire. Cooking and smoking cause many home fires. Space heater and candles also pose special dangers. By controlling all sources of heat and fire and checking your home for dangers, you can prevent common types of household fires.
- Contact Us. For more information about our smoke alarm program, call us at 703-737-8093 and leave us a message or email us.
Time Change - Time to Check Your Batteries
When you change your clock in March and November, check your smoke alarm batteries!