Several deadly fires have recently made the news in Las Vegas, and today we want to bring smoke alarm safety to your attention. Smoke alarms are critical for fire detection and can mean the difference beween life and death. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, every year about 3,000 people die in residential fires. Typically, fatal fires occur because toxic gases spread throughout the home, resulting in inhalation. Smoke alarms alert sleeping residents of the presence of smoke before the toxic gases can spread.
- Install a working smoke alarm on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms.
- Replace smoke alarm batteries at least annually, such as when resetting clocks in the fall or spring.
- Test all smoke alarms in your house once a month.
- Do not place a smoke alarm too close to a kitchen appliance or fireplace, as this may result in nuisance alarms.
- Avoid locating alarms near bathrooms, heating appliances, windows, or ceiling fans.
- Replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old. Smoke alarms don’t last forever.
- Develop and practice a fire escape plan, because working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan will increase your protection in case of a fire.