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Fire Prevention Week - Smoke Alarms

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

This week is National Fire Prevention Week. Our SERVPRO of Chesterfield and SERVPRO of Tri-Cities team wants you and your family to take the proper precautions in preventing a fire in your home. First, get the facts:

  • According to the National Fire Protection Association, a closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire
  • Around 3 out of 5 deaths from fire happen in homes with no working smoke alarms, or no alarms at all.
  • Smoke alarms should be placed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping room, and on every level of the home. For a greater level of protection, make sure every alarm in the home is synced so when one goes off, they all go off.

The NFPA has some great tips involving the importance of smoke alarms and their safety.

  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms.
  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
  •  People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.

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