Statistics show every year over 3,000 civilians die in structure fires equaling one death every 175 minutes. In fires where a death occurs, two-thirds of those residences had either no smoke detectors or non-working smoke detectors.
Smoke detectors are small in size but huge in effect. A smoke detector is a powerful insurance policy to protect your family in the event a fire occurs. Smoke detectors should be installed in each bedroom, in addition to being centrally located in the corridor or area outside the bedroom. If the residence has multi-floors there should be a smoke detector on each level.
Not only should the battery be replaced annually or sooner if needed, smoke detectors should be tested monthly. Test your smoke detector by simply holding down the “Test” button until the smoke detector beeps.
As important as smoke detectors are, a Home Fire Escape Plan is equally important and life saving. Each person that lives within the home needs to know how to safely exit the residence in the event of a fire; this includes knowing more than one way to exit each room. Included in the plan is the “meeting place”. After each person has exited the residence they should immediately go to the designated meeting place and stay there. This will allow firefighters to know if there is an immediate need for a rescue operation.
This November 1st remember to keep your family safe and don’t forget to change your smoke detector battery! For further information or questions regarding smoke detectors or other fire and life safety information call (760) 247-7618 or visit the National Fire Protection Association website.