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11 March 2017, 12:45 | Leonard Manning
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When smoke alarms should have worked but failed to operate, it is usually because batteries were missing, disconnected, or dead, said Byron Mathews, Prevention Bureau Chief for Cheyenne Fire & Rescue.
That occurs officially at 2 a.m. Sunday, although most people go ahead and turn their clocks forward Saturday before they go to bed.
- Dust or vacuum smoke alarms when you change the batteries. The state fire code recently changed to require replacement battery-operated smoke alarms to have 10-year, sealed, non-replaceable, non-rechargeable batteries in older one- and two-family homes. The Red Cross also provides canteen services to fire departments while they fight fires. Other times, they will replace the battery of chirping alarm for free.
The program has distributed more than 165,000 smoke alarms across Georgia. In this case, continue to test the battery monthly and replace the entire unit after 10 years. Carbon monoxide detectors must also be installed outside of all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace, or attached garage. Unfortunately these types of fires are the most common in people's homes, caused by discarded cigarette butts, electrical wires and fireplace embers. "Children and senior citizens are most at risk, and a working smoke alarm can give them the extra seconds they need to get out safely".
Vacuum your smoke alarms every month.
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Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
Replace batteries in your smoke alarms.
Develop a Home Fire Escape Plan and know two ways out.
And if you don't have smoke alarms, no problem.
Smoke rises, so the ideal location for a smoke alarm is on the ceiling - in the center of the room is best.
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