Fire Prevention Week – Smoke Alarms
Fire Prevention Week puts the focus on practical and informative topics related to fire safety and prevention. This year’s theme is Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere. The Saskatoon Fire Department knows that smoke alarms save lives and are therefore worth knowing a bit more about! Smoke alarms are a key component to one’s home, and it’s important you LISTEN to know their sound and leave your home when they are sounding.
Each smoke alarm may produce a slightly different tone; however, all smoke alarms are intended to alert you to the possibility of a fire in your home. To keep your smoke alarms in good working order, they need to:
- Be tested at least monthly,
- Have the batteries replace yearly, and
- Be replaced every 10 years, even if they are hard-wired.
Smoke alarms must be installed on every level of your home where people sleep. Place them on a ceiling or high up on a wall close to every sleeping area. It’s best to keep smoke alarms a reasonable distance away from cooking appliances to avoid false alarms. Listen for the sound of your smoke alarm when testing it to familiarize yourself with its tone. If you are hard-of-hearing or otherwise unable to hear the alarm, consider installing a smoke alarm that is equipped with a strobe light to alert you to the potential danger.
In an emergency, seconds count; a functioning smoke alarm can be the difference in preventing a tragedy in your home. Smoke alarms are also an integral element to home escape plans; be sure to check back tomorrow for the Saskatoon Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Week information around home escape plans!
Always remember: Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.
In an emergency, call 911 immediately.