PLEASE READ THIS NOW AND SHARE! Important Life-Saving Information About Smoke Alarms

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salPlease read in full and share the following life-saving information that we at YWN have put together. It may save your life! Don’t think your home is safe from fire. PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY TODAY! 

Information is from multiple sources including the NFPA and USFA:

Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries.

Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. No smoke alarms were present in more than one-third (37%) of the home fire deaths.

Here’s what you need to know!

* Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.

* Test your smoke alarms every month.

* When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.

* Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years

What types of smoke alarms can I buy?

There are many brands of smoke alarms on the market, but they fall under two basic types: ionization and photoelectric.Ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms detect different types of fires. Since no one can predict what type of fire might start in their home, the USFA recommends that every home and place where people sleep have:

  • Both ionization AND photoelectric smoke alarms. OR
  • Dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors.

There are also alarms for people with hearing loss. These alarms may have strobe lights that flash and/or vibrate to alert those who are unable to hear standard smoke alarms when they sound.

What powers a smoke alarm?

Smoke alarms are powered by battery or by your home’s electrical system. If the smoke alarm is powered by battery, it runs on either a disposable nine-volt battery or a non-replaceable 10-year lithium (“long-life”) battery. Alarms that get power from your home’s electrical system, or “hardwired,” usually have a back-up battery that will need to be replaced once a year.

Are smoke alarms expensive?

Smoke alarms are not expensive and are worth the lives they can help save.

Alarm type and cost

  • Ionization and photoelectric: $6 and up
  • Dual sensor: $24 and up
  • Smoke alarms with a microprocessor (faster to alert, fewer false alarms): $30 and up
  • Radio frequency/wireless (communicate from one to the next without wires: $40 and up)

Your city, county or state may require a specific type of alarm. Please check with your local fire marshal for information on what type of alarm you need.Some fire departments offer reduced-price, or even free, smoke alarms. Contact your local fire department’s non-emergency phone number for more information.Where do I put smoke alarms in my home?

  • Put smoke alarms on every floor of your home. Also, in every bedroom and in the hallway outside of each sleeping area.
  • Choose smoke alarms that communicate with each other, so that if one alarm sounds they all will.
  • Place smoke alarms on the ceiling or high on the wall. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for the best place for your alarm.
  • Only qualified electricians should install hardwired smoke alarms.

Some fire departments will install battery-operated smoke alarms in your home at no cost. Contact your local fire department’s non-emergency phone number for more information.

How do I take care of my smoke alarm?

Is your smoke alarm still working? A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as having no smoke alarm at all. A smoke alarm only works when it is properly installed and regularly tested. Take care of your smoke alarms according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Below are some general maintenance tips.Smoke alarm powered by a nine-volt battery

  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • Replace the batteries at least once every year.
  • Replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years.

Smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium (or “long-life”) battery

  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • Since you cannot (and should not) replace the lithium battery, replace the entire smoke alarm according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Smoke alarm that is hardwired into your home’s electrical system

  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • Replace the backup battery at least once every year.
  • Replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years.

What do I do if my smoke alarm sounds while I’m cooking?

Never take the battery out of your smoke alarm while cooking! If a smoke alarm sounds while you’re cooking or taking a shower with lots of steam, do not remove the battery. You should:

  • Open a window or door and press the “hush” button.
  • Wave a towel at the alarm to clear the air.
  • Move the entire alarm several feet away from the kitchen or bathroom.

Disabling a smoke alarm or removing the battery can be a deadly mistake.

PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE!

(Fred Silverstein – YWN)


3 COMMENTS

  1. I advertised in Lakewood 20 years ago for a fire safety course. No one was interested. Fire safety is more than just smoke detectors!

  2. There are many brands of smoke alarms on the market, but they fall under two basic types: ionization and photoelectric.Ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms detect different types of fires. Since no one can predict what type of fire might start in their home, the USFA recommends that every home and place where people sleep have:

    the above is misleading and incorrect. ionization and photoelectric smoke detectors will detect all kinds of fire and either is suitable for your home. if you wish to understand the different methods each use to detect smoke, use google and you will find many articles on the topic

  3. in addition one needs to remember carbon monoxide detectors are just as important!! and to elaborate on healths comment safety is more than just smoke detectors. training you three year old that when the smoke alarm sounds you exit the house as opposed to hiding under the bed. do fire drills with your family. make sure your kids know to call the fire dept because CHAVARIM is great but wont be of much help! know how to use a fire extinguisher. firefighters may look scary to kids and in a time of need the kids may run away, to address this issue bring your kids to fire-prevention at your local firehouse………………………………..