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Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Post Date:02/21/2018 2:44 PM

Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives. Working smoke alarms are an integral part of a home fire escape plan. The early warning systems allows occupants to escape to safety quickly.

Smoke alarms should be installed on the ceiling or high on a wall. Large homes may require multiple smoke alarms and they should be interconnected so when alarm sounds they all sound.

Smoke alarms should be tested monthly. Batteries should be changed at least once a year (choose an annual date, such as the time change) to ensure they are working properly. Take the opportunity to also clean dust away from the slots on the alarms so smoke can enter freely and trigger the alarm during a fire. All smoke alarms, hard wired or battery powered should be replaced every ten years.

These simple steps will increase you and your family’s chance of surviving during a fire.

Odessa Fire Rescue (OFR) offers assistance to homeowners who do not have a working smoke detector. OFR will provide and install a working smoke detector in the homes of qualified of residents.

State law requires the owner or agent of rental property to install a working smoke alarm.

For more information please call Yolanda Rincon, Assistant Fire Marshal, at 432-257-0521.

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