4 Important Fire Safety Tips 

1.  Plan and Practice escape plans several times a year.

2.  Make sure your whole family knows when and how to call emergency telephone numbers.

3.  Obtain and learn how to use a fire extinguisher.

4.  Install Carbon Monoxide detectors.   

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Did You know...

82% of American homes have smoke detectors, but nearly one-third do not work because of worn or missing batteries.

Every year there are approxiamately 5000 deaths and over 100,000 injuries due to house fires.

In a house fire, most people die of smoke inhalation rather than burns.  People think that the smell of smoke will wake them, but in reality smoke dulls the senses and causes them to lose consciousness.

The peak time for house fires is between 2-5 a.m., when most of us are asleep.

You should have a smoke detector on every level of your home, including the basement.  For extra safety, install smoke detectors both inside and outside sleeping areas.

Most smoke detectors installed today have a life span of 8-10 years.  After this time, the ENTIRE unit should be replaced. 

In battery powered smoke detectors, the batteries need to be tested monthly, replaced at least once per year, and the entire unit replaced every 8-10 years.

In hard wired detectors, units that are connected to the household electrical system, it is still important to test the batteries monthly and replace them once a year.  These units also need to be replaced every 8-10 years by an electrician. 

Information provided by the U.S. Fire Administration.  For further information please visit www. usfa.dhs.gov

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