Smoke Alarms, A Sound You Can Live With - Fire Prevention Week 2010

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

October 3-9 , 2010

Each year, the week surrounding the date of October 9th is celebrated as National Fire Prevention Week. Why October 9th? The date commemorates the infamous “Great Chicago Fire” of 1871 that killed 250 people and destroyed over 17,000 homes.

Every 39 minutes someone in the U.S. is injured in a home fire.  Home fires result in hundreds in California being burned and even killed. That’s why CAL FIRE is teaming up with fire departments across the country for Fire Prevention Week 2010 to remind Californians “Smoke Alarms, Are A Sound You Can Live With”.

This year’s fire prevention week campaign runs October 3-9 and is designed to educate people about the importance of smoke alarms and encourages everyone to take the steps necessary to update and maintain their home smoke alarm protection. NFPA statistics show that working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire nearly in half. But they must be working properly to do so. Roughly two-thirds of all home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.


Smoke Alarm Quick Tips

  • Test smoke alarms once a month
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms twice a year
  • Regularly vacuum or dust smoke alarms to keep them working properly
  • Don't disable smoke alarms even temporarily
  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound. Call your local fire department if you are unsure about placement.
  • For best protection use both photoelectric and ionization technology. You can use individual ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or combination units that contain both technologies in the same unit.
  • Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
  • Make sure everyone can hear the sound of the smoke alarms.
  • Have a home fire escape plan. Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible, and a meeting place outside. Practice your escape plan twice a year.
  • When the smoke alarm sounds, get out and stay out.
  • If you are building or remodeling your home, consider a home fire sprinkler system.



Your home should be a safe haven. Take the time now during Fire Prevention Week to make it fire safe.


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