Many fire deaths occur between
midnight and 4 a.m., when the family
is asleep. Fire produces smoke and
gases that can numb your senses. If a
fire breaks out, you may not wake up,
or you may not be able to think
clearly. That’s why you need a smoke
detector. This will sound an alarm
when a fire starts. Then you can get
your family to safety.
- Make sure you have a smoke detector. Ask your landlord for one. You
can buy a smoke detector for as little as $10.
- Make sure the smoke detector is installed correctly: on a ceiling, at
least six inches from the wall or on a wall 6-12 inches from the
ceiling, away from windows, doors and vents.
- Check the battery every six months. Do it when you change the clocks
for Daylight Savings Time. That’s an easy way to remember. Brush or
vacuum dust from the unit. Dust can cause it to malfunction.
- Detectors are sensitive to cooking fumes, fireplace smoke and
cigarettes. When the alarm sounds, teach your children to stay calm.
- For more information on fire safety, contact your local fire
department or visit the U.S. Fire Administration Web site at www.usfa.fema.gov/.
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