Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives
October 5th through 11th is National Fire Prevention Week, with a special focus on smoke alarms this year. Did you know that almost two-thirds of home fire deaths were in homes where smoke alarms were either not present or not maintained/working properly? Properly installed and tested smoke alarms in the home can reduce your risk of death in a fire by 50%! To ensure your home is well protected, we offer the following guidelines:
- Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
- Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
- A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen, to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 15 feet from the stove.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old. If you're unsure of your smoke alarms age, check the manufacture date on the bottom of the device.
- When installing new smoke alarm systems (during new construction, for example), it's best to use interconnected smoke alarms. That way, when one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
For more information on smoke alarm safety, visit www.nfpa.org.
A/LSFD Open House - Sunday, Oct. 12th
Our annual Open House event will be held on Sunday, October 12th from 11 to 3 pm. Bring the whole family, and enjoy free food, live demonstrations, informative booths from all branches of public safety and disaster relief, and a bounce house and Jr. Firefighter activities for the kids. Participating agencies include Soquel Creek Water District, S.C. County Lifeguards, Netcom 9-1-1, American Medical Response, Law Enforcement, Red Cross, Salvation Army and more!