Thursday, March 5, 2009

A Life Saving Message

Please place new batteries in your smoke alarm when you set your clocks forward for daylight savings

This is an important life safety message! A working smoke alarm is still one of the best defenses in the event of a fire. Metro Fire would like to remind all citizens to replace the old battery in your smoke alarm with a new one. Daylights savings is March 8 so when you set your clocks forward don't forget to about your smoke alarm, it could save you and your families life.

Below are some facts about smoke alarms.

The Importance of Working Smoke Alarms

Fire deaths have been cut in half since smoke alarms were introduced in the late 1970s.
An estimated 95 percent of U.S. homes have at least one smoke alarm.
Two-thirds of reported residential fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Fire deaths in homes with working smoke alarms are 51 percent less than the death rate for homes without this protection.
An estimated 20 percent of U.S. homes do not have working smoke alarms, primarily because of missing or dead batteries.
Nuisance activations are the leading cause of disabled smoke alarms. In other words, "nuisance activations" occur when a smoke alarm detects steam from a shower or stove, thus falsely alerting residents of a fire. When this happens, most people take out the batteries, or disable the alarm.
Tip: If your alarm sounds when it detects steam from a shower or food burning on the stove, consider moving it into an area adjacent to the bathroom or kitchen to prevent nuisance activations.
Almost 900 lives could be saved each year if all homes had working smoke alarms.

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