Chirp, chirp: check your smoke alarms

This week, October 3-9, is National Fire Prevention Safety Week. And according to the National Fire Prevention Association, smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries.

Not sure if your smoke alarms are up-to-date, or concerned about a recall? Find out more about brands, when it’s time to buy new ones, and more from the U.S. Fire Administration, a division of FEMA.

The City of Phoenix Fire Department says that smoke alarms are your “nose at night,” sounding a warning in case of fire in a house or apartment.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2003-2006, more than 66 percent of home fire deaths occurred in homes without a working smoke alarm.

Have you checked your smoke alarms lately? Here are a few safety tips, click here for more from Phoenix Fire.

* The battery in a smoke alarm should be replaced annually, and the smoke alarm, itself, should be replaced every 7-10 years.

*  Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home, and outside each sleeping area.

Test  smoke alarms at least once every month.

*  Make a Home Escape Plan and practice finding the closest exit and leaving the house. Make sure everyone can identify  two exits out of the house from any given location in the house.

*  A family’s chances of surviving a home fire DOUBLE when there are working smoke alarms in the home.

*  Most deadly fires in America occur during the night, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The majority of fatalities occur when victims are sleeping.

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