One of my friends just bought a townhouse and I couldn’t wait to go over and get the grand tour. As she was walking me through her new place I kept pointing out and commenting on all of the fire safety equipment. Of course I got some funny looks but she is well aware of my career and passion for fire safety. As I was climbing up into the attic, she said, “It’s even has sprinklers up there, April. Isn’t that awesome?”.
I gave my speech about making sure she tests all of her smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half.
Make sure your loved ones are safe in their homes by reminding them to install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, making sure that there is an alarm outside every separate sleeping area. New homes are required to have a smoke alarm in every sleeping room and all smoke alarms must be interconnected.
Check out NFPA’s smoke alarm section to find information on basic smoke alarm safety tips and much more. Call your loved ones today and get them to test their smoke alarms. It could save a life.