Program Currently Suspended
We are suspending our smoke alarm assistance program at this time due to COVID-19. We will revisit the program suspension as the situation changes.
A Sound You Can Live With
Ever notice how there are certain sounds that you just can’t ignore? They seem to get your attention immediately, like your alarm clock in the morning. Ask any teenager and they can pick out the sound of their cell phone from a hundred others. Smoke alarms are one of those sounds, too. The beeping of a smoke alarm demands attention and cut the risk of dying in a fire in half.
The good news? Over ninety-three percent of all homes in the United States have a least one smoke alarm. The bad news is that one third of them are not working. Each year, nearly 3,000 people die in US home fires and most of those are in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
How can you protect your family? By following these safety tips from Estero Fire Rescue and the National Fire Protection Association:
- Check your smoke alarms monthly by following the manufacturer’s instructions for testing and maintenance.
- Smoke rises; install smoke alarms following manufacturer’s instructions high on a wall or on a ceiling.
- Interconnected smoke alarms on all floors increase safety. In a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) survey of households with any fires, interconnected smoke alarms were more likely to operate and alert occupants to a fire.
- If your smoke alarms are ten years old or older, or you are not sure how old they are, change them.
- Change the batteries every six months, use the Daylight Savings Calendar to remind yourself. Your detectors have been working for about 4,320 hours over the past 6 months since we changed our clocks, the batteries need replacing!!
Remember, the most frightening sound a smoke alarm can make is silence!
Also, take the time to review your family’s fire escape plan and include these reminders: always have two ways out of every room, have a family meeting place and once you are outside, never go back in.
An early warning can provide critical extra seconds to escape, smoke alarms double your family’s chance of getting out of a home fire alive ~ but only if they work.
Estero Fire Rescue offers a smoke alarm program free to all Estero residents. If you need assistance in replacing your smoke alarm, the battery or have any questions or concerns, please contact EFR at (239) 390-8000.