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#3: Fire Prevention Week - October 7 to 13, 2018

Posted: October 11, 2018

Fire Prevention Week
October 7 - 13, 2018

Be Aware ... Fire Can Happen Anywhere

Listen for and know the sound of the smoke alarm.

Where should you install a smoke alarm?
  • Install one smoke alarm on every storey including one in the basement
  • Outside of sleeping areas and in each sleeping room 

Features on newer smoke alarms include:
  • Missing battery indicator
  • Use of power "on” indicator light to show that power is being supplied to wired in alarms 

Can you hear your smoke alarm at night?
  • It’s a good idea to test your alarm at night when everyone is sleeping to verify they can hear the alarm. 

Types of smoke alarms:
  • Ionization are lowest cost and type most commonly sold.   Fastest type to respond to flames.  Some come with long life batteries.
  • Photoelectric are fastest type to respond to smoldering fires in addition to white/grey smoke.  Less prone to nuisance alarms caused by cooking. 

Check your smoke alarm regularly:
  • Alarms should be tested once a month
  • Replace models that do not have a test button or are more than 10 years old.  When installing a new smoke alarm, write the date on the back.
  • A good rule of thumb is…change your clock, change your battery.
  • Clean your alarm twice a year by removing cover and gently wiping inside with damp cloth.  Vacuum the sensor.  Replace cover and test to make sure it is working. 

The shrill whine of a smoke alarm can be frightening, especially in the middle of the night.   This is one reason for testing the alarm together with your family. 

If your smoke alarm does go off, make sure everyone leaves the residence immediately.  Call 911 once everyone is outside. 

For further information on fire safety, contact
the East St. Paul Fire Department.


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