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Fire Prevention Week: Working smoke alarms are a must

Posted Oct. 8, 2019

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Firefighter Derrell Harmon checks a smoke alarm in a residence.

Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, is a week during which the Fort Worth Fire Department encourages residents to make sure their home is outfitted with working smoke alarms.

About three out of five fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan that provides early warning.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends residents:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas on the ceiling or high on the wall.
  • Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen, at least 10 feet from the stove, to reduce false alarms.
  • Use special alarms with strobe lights and bed shakers for people who are hard of hearing or deaf.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.
  • Replace batteries annually, and change the batteries in your monoxide detectors at the same time.
  • Replace smoke alarms that are 10 or more years old.

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