“Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!” Is Official Theme For Fire Prevention Week

“Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!” is the official theme for Fire Prevention Week now through Saturday, Oct 9. In light of that theme, Stephen Baker, Golden Valley fire prevention specialist, reminds residents to have at least one fire alarm on each level of their home and in all sleeping rooms and outside each separate sleeping area.

Test them once a month and replace batteries twice a year. When the alarm “chirps,” this means the battery is low. Replace any alarms that are more than 10 years old.

Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are also important for safety. State law requires all homes to have a carbon monoxide detector within 10 feet of every bedroom or within each sleeping room. It’s a good idea to have one on each level of the home, especially the same level as the furnace, since that’s the most likely source of a CO leak.

In the spirit of Fire Prevention Week, Golden Valley firefighters are conducting their 22nd annual school fire drills, helping educate kids about fire safety. But parents must do their part, too, Baker says, suggesting parents run through exit drills in the home with their kids and establish a meeting place outside the home in the event of a fire. Keeping your fire alarms in working order and establishing an exit plan for when those alarms go off could save your family’s life.

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