A good time to remember to check your smoke alarms and change the batteries (if necessary) is when you change your clocks twice a year, as daylight savings time begins and ends.
Remember, almost every day a smoke alarm saves somebody’s life. Many homes are 2-Story homes and Tri-level homes with bedrooms that are on upper levels. Have you planned an escape route? Have you considered what would happen if your family was trapped in upper bedrooms (or basement rooms)? Have you discussed such escape routes with children/other family members?
With all the recent fires, there is no time like now to always keep in mind fire safety. Prepare and practice an escape plan! Crawl low under smoke. Plan where to meet outside. Once you’re out, Stay out!
For those homeowners that have homes with higher windows (2-Story, Tri-level etc.), you may also want to consider an Escape Ladder:
“Someone in the U.S. dies in a home fire every three hours, according to The National Fire Protection Association, which recommends one ladder in every occupied room on floors above the main level. The Kidde Escape Ladder provides a means of escape from a fire if you live in a two or three story home. It stores easily under the bed or near a window, and is quick and easy to use.”
(Available at Target, Lowes and other locations)
Facts & figures
· A 2008 survey found that 96% of U.S. households had at least one smoke alarm, yet in 2003-2006, no smoke alarms were present or none operated in two out of the five (41%) of the reported home fires.
· Almost two-thirds of reported home fire deaths in 2003-2006 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
· When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected or dead.
****Smoke Alarm Quick Tips *****
· Test smoke alarms once a month
· Replace batteries in smoke alarms twice a year
· Regularly vacuum or dust smoke alarms to keep them working properly
· Don’t disable smoke alarms even temporarily
A little planning now, with properly placed smoke alarms (tested monthly), escape ladders, and an escape plan (that the whole family understands)…. Could… in case of an emergency…. SAVE A LIFE!
Take the time for Fire Safety Precautions.