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Smoke Alarm Safety: 5 things you need to know

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017

Photo credi: firstalertstore.com

Many fatal fires start at night, and the smoke alone will not wake you up. In fact, the fumes could actually put you into a deeper sleep. The best defence? A properly working smoke alarm. Here are five things you need to know about your smoke alarm to protect yourself and your family from a fire.

  1. You need a smoke alarm on every level of your home. For single level homes and apartments, opt to have a smoke alarms near the kitchen and all sleeping areas.
  2. Test your alarm monthly by pushing the test button. You can also use a cigarette or incense to test that it is working.
  3. Batteries should be replaced twice a year or when you hear the intermittent beeping. Avoid using rechargeable batties as they lose their charge without emitting a warning signal.
  4. Replace all smoke alarms every five years with new ones.
  5. Have a fire home safety plan and practice it regularly.

Fire home safety plans

In addition to a working smoke alarm, a well-rehearsed plan and knowing what to do in the event of a real emergency is an important step in fire safety, even for your home.

To get started, The Canada Safety Council recommends:

  • Have a floor plan of your house
  • Plan two ways out of each room
  • Establish a meeting spot outside the house
  • Be sure everyone in the house is aware and understands the plan and escape route
  • Post your fire escape plan somewhere visible (the fridge, bulletin board etc.)
  • Practice a fire drill at least once a year

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