Smoke Detectors and Fire Extinguishers

Smoke Detectors

Smoke is responsible for three out of four deaths.

  • Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and outside of sleeping areas.
  • Keep your bedroom doors closed while you are asleep.
  • Test every detector at least once a month.
  • Every Spring and Fall when you change your clocks, remember to change your smoke alarm batteries.
  • Don't ever take the battery out for other uses!
  • Use only the type of batteries recommended on the detector.
  • Keep smoke detectors dust free.
  • If you have a smoke detector directly wired into your electrical system, be sure that the little signal light is blinking periodically. This tells you that the alarm is active.
  • Inexpensive smoke detectors are available for the hearing impaired.
Smoke Detector Example

Fire Extinguishers

They remain your best bet if you're on the spot when a fire begins.

  • Fire extinguishers should be mounted in the kitchen, garage, and workshop.
  • Never mount more the 5' off the floor
  • Mount in a visible location. Don't put it away in a cabinet to be forgotten.
  • Purchase an ABC type extinguisher for extinguishing all types of fires.
  • Learn how to use your fire extinguisher before there is an emergency.
  • Remember, use an extinguisher on small fires only. If there is a large fire, get out immediately and call 911 from another location.
Fire Extinguisher Clip Art