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Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. Remember that having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly is important.
Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.
• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
• Test your smoke alarms every month by pushing the test button.
• Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
• Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
• Have an escape plan and practice it with your family so that when a fire occurs, everyone will know what to do.
If you are a property owner, you are responsible for testing and maintaining the smoke alarms within all of the units, including vacant units. If you are a tenant, it is your responsibility to notify the owner or property manager if the alarm isn’t working.
For more information contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at (831) 768-3231.