Working smoke alarms save lives, cutting the risk of dying in a home fire in half, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Remember to install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside of each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond. Remember, if the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Respond quickly – get up and go, remember to know two ways out of every room, get yourself outside quickly, and go to your outside meeting place with your family.
Remember to test smoke alarms once a month, change the batteries at least once a year, and replace an alarm after 10 years.
The Champaign Fire Department can assist home owners who can’t afford a smoke alarm for their residence. For questions regarding this or any other inquiries involving smoke alarms in the home, please contact the Champaign Fire Department at 217-403-7200.
For more information regarding smoke alarms also take a look at the National Fire Protection Agency’s website.