Fall 2013 PSA – Smoke Detectors

With fall in the air and winter quickly approaching, the Ketchum Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to remind all citizens of the importance of having properly functioning smoke alarms in your home.
When a fire breaks out, you have only seconds to escape its heat, black smoke and deadly gases. You can dramatically increase the chances of surviving a fire simply by installing and maintaining working smoke alarms in your home. This life-saving device can help alert you and your family to a fire and increase the time you have to escape.
Follow these simple tips to help make your home a safer place:
• Place a smoke alarm on every level of your home and in each bedroom.
• Check smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button. If you cannot reach the button easily, use a broom handle.
• Change the batteries in your alarms at least once a year – perhaps when you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time.
• If cooking smoke sets off the alarm, do not disable it. Turn on the range fan, open a window or wave a towel near the alarm.
• Smoke alarms wear out over time. Replace yours if it is 10 years old or more.
To learn more about the importance of smoke alarms in your home, click on the following link for information from the U.S. Fire Administration:
http://www.usfa.fema.gov/campaigns/smokealarms/alarms/index.shtm
So, this Sunday, when you go through your home setting all of your clocks back an hour, be sure to check all of your smoke alarms and go ahead and install new batteries while you’re there. You may well save the life of someone you love!

Lt. Greg Martin
Ketchum Fire Department