FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: SMOKE DETECTORS

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Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

March 3, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - “Now is the time to change your smoke detector battery reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.  Day light savings is the traditional time to do this.  A working smoke alarm can help you and your family escape a deadly home fire.  A working smoke alarm never takes time off as it continuously scans the air for smoke, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  It never sleeps.”

“I encourage everyone to check the smoke detectors in their home or apartment.  If a fire does occur in your home, a working smoke detector can double your chances of escaping says Chief DiGiovanna.”  Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, in the hallways leading to the bedrooms, and on each level of your home, including the basement.

Test your smoke alarm every month by simply holding down the test button.  Never paint over a smoke alarms.  Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. If the alarm goes off, crawl low to the ground under the smoke and exit your home quickly.  Don’t try to take anything with you; just get out.  Have and practice a family plan. Once safely outside, call 911.  Once you’re out, stay out!

For additional information contact your local fire department and visit: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/campaigns/smokealarms/alarms/index.shtm

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Note: The information in this article was compiled from various sources. These suggestions are not a complete list of every preventative or loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace additional safety manuals or the advice of another qualified professional(s). We make no guarantee of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.