EVENT: ​Fire Prevention Week 2015

by Our Tolland

Hear the Beep Where You Sleep; Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm

Fire Prevention Week 2015

Hear the Beep Where You Sleep; Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm

Please review these important facts and start the conversation with your family, friends and neighbors. A few simple steps can save a life!

Some people especially children and older adults may need help to wake up. Those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing cannot depend on the sound of the regular alarm to alert them to a fire. People who are deaf or hard-of-hearing should use alarms with strobe (flashing) lights and bed shakers that have been tested by an independent testing laboratory. The alarms for sleeping areas with strobe lights are required to be of a special high intensity that can wake a sleeping person or you can install bed shakers.

Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms. For the best protection, install interconnected smoke alarms in your home. When one sounds, they all sound.

Replace your alarms every 10 years or sooner depending on the manufacturer’s instructions. Change batteries as directed by the manufacturer Set a reminder on your smartphone to test all your alarms monthly; immediately replace any alarms that do not pass the test.

When the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place. Remember, practice makes perfect – conduct fire drills and practice escape plans with your family.

Call the 911 from a cellphone or a neighbor’s phone. Stay outside until authorities say it’s safe to go back inside.

Don't forget to check your carbon monoxide detectors, to review Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips click here

To review a Fire Safety Checklist for Homeowners and Renters click here

To review Only Working Smoke Alarms Can Warn You in Time click here

Information released by:
John C. Littell
Fire Chief
Director of Public Safety
Emergency Management Director
Town of Tolland

Written by:

Our Tolland