How Safe Is Your Home?
Each year, over 4,000 Americans perish and more than 20,000 others suffer serious injuries because of residential fires.
Dear Valued Citizen:
Please take a few moments to complete a self-inspection checklist. While some items might not apply to your household, any items you answer “NO” could represent a potential hazard in your home that should be corrected. If you answer “YES” to all of the items, we congratulate you on your personal fire prevention efforts!
Thank you for your time and for your interest in fire safety.
Residential Fire Sprinklers
You see fire sprinklers in public places and businesses all of the time but have you ever thought of putting them in your house. Fire kills more people in the United States than all natural disasters combined and 80% of the fire fatalities occur in the home. Sprinklers typically reduce chances of dying in a fire and the average property loss by one-half to two-thirds compared to where sprinklers are not present. Click on each video below for a short message about fire sprinkle
A properly maintained smoke alarm will work forever, right? Not so fast!
IT’S A FACT: All hardwired or battery-operated smoke alarms, installed before July 2000, should be replaced now!
A smoke alarm’s lifespan is 10 years, which means any smoke alarm installed before May 2000 is too old and needs to be replaced. The smoke alarm is no longer reliable. Part of smoke alarm maintenance includes knowing when to replace the unit. The few minutes it takes to replace a smoke alarm can save the lives of roommates, family members, neighbors and firefighters.
More than 3,000 people die in home fires each year, and the majority of them have no working smoke alarms. To prevent these deaths, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) is sponsoring the nationwide Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign, which emphasizes that “Smoke Alarms Save Lives.”
The USFA offers a few helpful tips on smoke alarms:
- Every residence, and place where people sleep, should be equipped with both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors.
- Place properly installed and maintained smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas and on every level of your home.
Interconnected smoke alarms are best, because if one sounds, they all sound.
- Test smoke alarms monthly and change alkaline batteries at least once every year, or as instructed by the manufacturer. You can use a date you already know, like your birthday or when you change your clocks as a reminder.
- Write the installation date on the inside cover of the smoke alarm for future reference.
Homeowners, landlords and renters should check to verify exactly when each smoke alarm in the home was installed. If any smoke alarm was installed before May 2000, now is the time to have it replaced.
For more smoke alarm information, including powerful radio and video public service announcements go to www.usfa.dhs.gov/campaigns/smokealarms.
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