Install Smoke Alarms
They do save lives! Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. Since the 1970's, smoke alarms have contributed to a 50% reduction in fire deaths.
- Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home, in bedrooms, hallways and any other sleeping areas.
- Always follow manufacturers instructions for installation and maintenance. Test smoke alarms once a month, change the batteries twice a year – when you change your clocks – or when it "chirps" to signal a low battery. Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
- Do not disable a smoke alarm, because you may forget to replace the battery. If you have "false alarms," you may need to dust or vacuum the alarm. Because of cooking fumes and steam from showers, keep smoke alarms at least 3 feet away from kitchens and bathrooms.
- Make sure everyone in your home can identify and awaken to the sound of the smoke alarm.
- Practice fire drills with your family at least twice a year to ensure everyone knows exactly what to do when the smoke alarm sounds.
- Night time drills are best to make sure sleeping family members awaken to the smoke alarm sound.
- If you are building a new home or remodeling your existing home, consider installing an automatic home fire sprinkler system.
- Sprinklers and smoke alarms together cut your risk of dying in a home fire 85% and save thousands of lives.
If you are an Osceola County resident and are in need of a smoke alarm, please call 407-742-6711 for further information.