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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Smoke Detectors Save Lives!

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives when they are installed properly, maintained and checked periodically to make sure they are in working order.

In a home, there should be a smoke alarm in every bedroom on every level of the home. In an office or commercial environment, check with your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all the codes are met.

Every month you should use the test button to test the smoke alarms. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries should be replaced every 10 years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replaced every 10 years. Do not ignore the chirp of an alarm battery. That noise is an indication that the battery is low. Take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from the alarm. Almost half of fire where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA).

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Bear Creek (281) 463-9800.

FIRE FACTS:

  • 7 People die every day from a home fire
  • 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day
  • $7 BILLION in property damage occurs every year

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