Collierville Fire & Rescue
Fire Prevention Week
When it comes to smoke alarms, it's about "location, location, location"
"The key message of this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 4-10, is to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home", said Erin Daniels, Public Education Specialist.
Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?
"Because fires can happen when people of sleeping, having a working smoke alarms in bedrooms is a critical element of home fire safety", said Daniels. "Smoke alarms can make the difference between life and death in a fire by alerting people in time to escape safety, but they need to be installed in all the required locations, including all bedrooms, and they need to be working."
Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!
Here's what you need to know!
Installing smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
Testing all smoke alarms every month by using the test button.
Replacing all smoke alarms every 10 years or sooner if they don’t respond properly when tested.
Smoke alarms by the numbers
Three out of five home fire deaths in 2007-2011 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hard-wired alarms operated 93% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated only 79% of the time.
When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected or dead.
An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, or where extra time is needed, to awaken or assist others, both types of alarms, or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms are recommended.