posted on March 22, 2012 11:27
As we move into Spring, the Huntersville Fire Department wishes to remind all residents to change the batteries in their smoke & carbon monoxide alarms and encourages you to make this part of your Spring cleaning routine.
Roughly 25% of the calls the volunteers of the Huntersville Fire Department respond to are the result of false alarms. To ensure the safety of all residents and ensure that Fire and Rescue services and resources are available when needed, we encourage all residents to make a regular plan to test your home smoke alarms and replace the batteries if they are more than one year old.
Working smoke alarms significantly increase your chance of surviving a home fire. The useful life of a smoke alarm is roughly 10 years, so make sure yours is still in operation. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms are the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24/7. A working smoke alarm is constantly on alert scanning the air for fire and smoke, whether you are awake or asleep.
In addition to changing your smoke alarm batteries annually, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) recommends following these simple steps to protect your life, your loved ones, and your home:
- Dust or vacuum smoke alarms when you change the batteries.
- Test alarms once a month using the test button.
- Replace the entire alarm if it is more than 10 years old or does not work properly when tested.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, and both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
- For the best protection, equip your home with a combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor alarms.
- Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout your home so that when one sounds, they all sound. Interconnected alarms are available at most stores that sell smoke alarms.
- Make sure everyone in your home understands the warning of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
Finally, prepare and practice an escape plan so that you and your loved ones can get out of your home safely should there be a fire. Plan to meet in a place a safe distance from the fire and where first responders can easily see you.
For more information on smoke alarms, fire escape planning, and fire prevention, visit the USFA website at www.usfa.fema.gov/smokealarms.