Archive for Thursday, October 7, 2010

5 questions: Stop, drop and roll

October 7, 2010

Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 3-9. Below are helpful safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week website.

Q: What’s the theme of Fire Prevention Week this year?

A: The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is promoting “Smoke Alarms:  A sound you can live with!” as the theme for Fire Prevention Week 2010, Oct. 3-9.

Q: Why the big push for smoke alarms?

A: Smoke alarms can cut the chance of dying in a fire in half, but they must be working properly to do so.

Q: How can I be sure my smoke alarms are working?

A: NFPA offers the following tips for making sure smoke alarms are maintained and working properly: 

• Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button, and make sure everyone in your home knows their sound.

• If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.

• Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they’re 10 years old (or sooner) if they do not respond properly when tested.

Q: How many smoke alarms should my house have?

A: The NFPA recommends smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside all sleeping areas, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

Q: What kind of smoke alarms offer the best protection?

A: According to NFPA, interconnected smoke alarms offer the best protection; when one sounds, they all do.

This is particularly important in larger or multi-story homes, where the sound from distant smoke alarms may be reduced to the point that it may not be loud enough to provide proper warning, especially for sleeping individuals. Interconnected smoke alarms can be hard-wired or wireless battery-operated interconnected alarms are now available.

— Answers reproduced from NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week Website, www.firepreventionweek.org. ©2010 NFPA.

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