Spring Into Action: Check Your Smoke/CO Alarms, Change Your Batteries, Save a Life
Mar 10, 2017 - 5:04:43 PM
CPSC estimates more than 300,000 residential fires each year, leading to 2,100 deaths, 12,000 injuries, and $6 billion in property loss. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or where the smoke alarms are not working.
Here’s how you can spring into action:
· CPSC recommends that smoke alarms be placed on every level of your home, outside sleeping areas and inside bedrooms.
· Install both photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms. Check out CPSC’sGood, Better, Best approach (pdf) to fire safety in your home.
· Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed on every level of the home and outside each sleeping area.
· Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms once a month to make sure they are working.
· Have a fire escape plan and practice it with your family.
· A smoke alarm can’t save lives if everyone doesn’t know what to do when it sounds. Have two ways to get out of each room and set a pre-arranged meeting place outside.
· Children and the elderly can sleep through the sound of a smoke alarm or not hear it go off, so a caregiver needs to be prepared to help others get out of the house.
· And remember, once you are out of the house, stay out.
It’s a fact: only working fire and CO alarms can save lives. So change those batteries, check those alarms each month and save a loved one’s life.