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What is the best way to keep my family safe from a home fire?

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

What is the best way to keep my family safe from a home fire?

One of the most important steps you can take to protect your family against fire is to install smoke alarms and keep them in good working order. You can buy smoke alarms at most home and hardware stores, and they often cost $10 or less. Check with your fire department to see if they give out and install free smoke alarms.

  • Install smoke alarms outside every bedroom or any area where someone sleeps. Also install them in furnace areas. Be sure there is at least 1 alarm on every level of your home, including the basement, or at each end of a mobile home.  
  • Place smoke alarms away from the kitchen and bathroom. False alarms can occur while cooking or even showering.
  • Test smoke alarms every month by pushing the test button. It is best to use smoke alarms that have long-life batteries, but if you do not, change the batteries at least once a year, such as when you change your clocks in the fall.  
  • Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
  • Never paint a smoke alarm.
  • Clean (dust or vacuum) smoke alarms once a month.  
  • Use smoke alarms equipped with a flashing light and an alarm in homes with children or adults who are hard of hearing or deaf.  


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