Firs Safety Month

Working Smoke Alarms Are a Must

About three out of five fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan providing early warning reducing your risk of dying in a fire. The National Fire Protection Association recommends you:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas on the ceiling or high on the wall
  • Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen, at least 10 feet from the stove, to reduce false alarms
  • Use special alarms with strobe lights and bed shakers for people who are hard of hearing or deaf
  • Test smoke alarms monthly
  • Replace batteries annually, and change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector at the same time
  • Replace smoke alarms that are 10 or more years old

When and How to Use Fire Extinguisher
Always put your safety first; if you are not confident in your ability to use a fire extinguisher, get out and call 9-1-1. The American Red Cross cautions you to evaluate the situation and ensure:

Everyone has left or is leaving the home
The fire department has been called
The fire is small, not spreading, and there is not much smoke
Your back is to an exit you can use quickly
Learn about the different types of fire extinguishers; not all will work on every fire. For home use, the National Fire Protection Association recommends a multi-purpose device large enough to put out a small fire but not so heavy that it will be difficult to handle.

Review the instructions once a year. If you need to use a fire extinguisher, there won’t be time to learn how to do it.

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To use a fire extinguisher, remember the acronym PASS:

  • Pull the pin.
  • Aim low at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the handle slowly.
  • Sweep the nozzle side to side.

Bomgaars also wants to remind you to change the batteries out every 6 months on any smoke alarms in your home.

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