Smoke detectors can & do save lives

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 18, 2014

A fireman’s job is never complete as our highest calling is to keep your family safe! The most effective way to accomplish this is to be proactive and provide you with information to help prevent fires and ensure that if your home is on fire you and your family can exit safely.
A working and properly installed smoke detector in your home is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to keep your family and you safe during a fire. Research shows that having just one working smoke alarm in your home can reduce the risk of dying in a house fire by 50 percent. Use the following checklist and visit our Facebook page for information to help ensure you know when a fire starts in your home.
• Choose a smoke alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory. (UL)
• Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
• Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home for the best protection. When one sounds, they all sound. Make sure you can hear the sound of the smoke alarm.
• Smoke alarms and alert devices are available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. When these smoke alarms sound, strobe lights flash to alert people of a possible fire.
• Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
• Immediately replace any smoke alarm that does not respond properly when tested.
• Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
• Smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
• For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year. If that alarm chirps, replace only the battery.
• Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
• Be sure smoke alarms are installed in all rental housing. Contact your landlord, property manager, or fire department for help.

Remember, if your smoke alarm goes off:
1. Get out of your home and close the door when you exit.
2. Call 911 from a cell phone or a neighbor’s home.
3. Never go back inside for any reason!

Your firefighters are ready to respond, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to keep you safe, and we thank you for your support.

The Salisbury Professional Fire Fighters Association is a non-profit association that was organized to educate the public and its members about matters of public concern and to keep you safe.
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