Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries
The IAFC (International Association of Fire Chiefs) and fire experts
nationwide encourage people to change smoke detector batteries at least
annually. An easy way to remember to change your batteries is when you turn
your clock back in the fall. Replace old batteries with fresh, high quality
alkaline batteries, to keep your smoke detector going year-long.
Check Your Smoke Detectors
After inserting a fresh battery in your smoke detector, check to make
sure the smoke detector itself is working by pushing the safety test button.
Count Your Smoke Detectors
Install at least one smoke detector on every level of your home,
including the basement and family room and, most important, outside all
Vacuum Your Smoke Detectors
Each month, clean your smoke detectors of dust and cobwebs to ensure
Change Your Flashlight Batteries
To make sure your emergency flashlights work when you need them, use
high-quality alkaline batteries. Note: Keep a working flashlight near your
bed, in the kitchen, basement and family room, and use it to signal for help
in the event of a fire.
Install Fire Extinguishers
Install a fire extinguisher in or near your kitchen and know how to use
it. Should you need to purchase one, the IAFC recommends a multi-or
all-purpose fire extinguisher that is listed by an accredited testing
laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratory.
Plan and Practice Your Escape
Create at least two different
and practice them with the entire family. Children are at double the risk of
dying in a home fire because they often become scared and confused during
fires. Make sure your children understand that a smoke detector signals a
home fire and that they recognize its alarm.
Check Your House Numbers
Can emergency services find your house? Post your address numbers in a
prominent location on a contrasting background. Keep the numbers visible by
trimming nearby branches or removing other obstructions.
Consider The Following
- Each day, an average of three kids die in home fires - 1,100
children each year. About 3,600 children are injured in house fires each
year. 90 percent of child fire deaths occur in homes without working
- Although smoke detectors are in 92 percent of American homes, nearly
one-third don't work because of old or missing batteries.
- A working smoke detector reduces the risk of dying in a home fire by