Muirfielders! It is that time of year when all over the country
we are reminded to change the batteries in our smoke detectors.
Not only that, but I've learned that these detectors age out and
should be replaced after 10 years anyway, even if a test shows the
alarm still functions. What's more, it is recommended that bedroom
doors be kept closed to isolate smoke and flames.
So read the below, sent by one our fire department staff just today, and let's all be safe:
Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan.
When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke
alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.
FACTS!! SAFETY TIPS!!
A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level. Install alarms in the basement, too.
It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should be connected so when one sounds, they all sound. Most homes do not have this level of protection.
Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
Current alarms on the market employ different types of technology including multi-sensing, which could include smoke and carbon monoxide combined.
Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
One extra reminder from the City of Dublin, when raking leaves to the
curb for the City to vacuum up, please keep them on your grass,
and do not rake into the street.
There they get washed into the storm sewer system, silting
up Muirfield ponds and possibly causing clogs.
Grass may yellow a bit, but it springs back.