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National Fire Prevention Week 2010

This last week was Fire Prevention Week — and this year FEMA and the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) encouraged everyone to take simple steps to update and maintain their home smoke alarms. We can all use the following tips to make sure our smoke alarms are well maintained and working properly to keep our self and family safe:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement, outside each sleeping area, and inside each bedroom.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button — and if an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
  • Never remove or disable a smoke alarm.
  • Interconnecting your home’s smoke alarms is highly recommended; when one smoke alarm sounds, they all do. A licensed electrician can install either hard-wired or multiple-station alarms; the new wireless smoke alarm systems may be installed by the homeowner.

To learn more about fire prevention, visit the U.S. Fire Administration website (http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/) or the NFPA website (http://www.nfpa.org/index.asp). Please share this information with your loved ones and take time to talk with them to ensure you lower the risk of a home fire.

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