Have you checked your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors?


According to the National Fire Protection Agency, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths in 2005-2009 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected or dead. Almost one-quarter of the smoke alarm failures was due to dead batteries.

CO detectors are also important because unlike smoke, it is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas. Having a working detector will alert you to the presence of carbon monoxide. If your CO alarm sounds, go outside or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for and call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel arrive.

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