SMOKE ALARMS

SMOKE ALARMS PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN REDUCING DEATHS AND INJURIES FROM FIRE AND HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE ALMOST 50% DECREASE IN FIRE DEATHS SINCE THE LATE 1970'S. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 95% OF U.S.HOMES HAVE AT LEAST ONE SMOKE ALARM. SIXTY-FIVE PERCENT OF REPORTED HOME FIRE DEATHS OCCURED IN HOMES WITH NO SMOKE ALARMS OR NO WORKING ALARMS. PROPERLY INSTALLED AND MAINTAINED SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES AND PROTECT AGAINST INJURY AND LOSS DUE TO FIRE.

 

SMOKE DETECTOR ORDIANCE FOR THE CITY OF BRYAN( IN SEARCH BOX TYPE IN SMOKE ALARMS)

 

SAFETY TIPS

1. INSTALL A SMOKE DETECTOR ON EACH LEVEL OF YOUR HOME AND INSIDE EACH BEDROOM

2.CONSIDER USING DUAL SENSOR SMOKE DETECTORS THAT COMBINE IONIZATION AND PHOTOELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY IN ONE UNIT.

3.CHECK YOUR SMOKE DETECTORS MONTHLY AND CHANGE THE BATTEREIS AT LEAST TWICE A YEAR.

4..FAMILIARIZE CHILDREN WITH THE SOUND OF YOUR SMOKE DETECTORS.

5..DO NOT REMOVE BATTERIES TO PUT IN OTHER APPLIANCES SUCH AS PERSONAL STEREOS OR GAMES.

6.IF COOKING SMOKES SETS OFF THE ALARM, DO NOT DISABLE IT. WAVE A TOWEL, OPEN A WINDOW OR TURN ON THE RANGE FAN TO CLEAR THE SMOKE.

7.SMOKE DETECTORS WEAR OUT OVER TIME. REPLACE YOUR SMOKE DETECTORS EVERY 10 YEARS.

8.KEEP SMOKE DETECTORS CLEAN. DUST AND DEBRIS CAN INTERFERE WITH THEIR OPERATION. VACUUM OVER AND AROUND YOUR SMOKE DETECTOR REGULARLY.

9.HARD WIRED SMOKE DETECTORS WITH BATTERY BACK-UPS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED. WHEN ONE SMOKE DETECTOR GOES OFF, THE OTHERS ALERT YOU TO FIRE, TOO. THE BATTERIES IN THESE TYPES OF DETECTORS ALSO SHOULD BE CHANGED TWICE A YEAR.

 

INSTALLATION

1.INSTALL SMOKE ALARMS ON EVERY LEVEL OF YOUR HOME, INCLUDING THE BASEMENT, MAKING SURE THAT THERE IS AN ALARM OUTSIDE EVERY SEPARATE SLEEPING AREA. NEW HOMES ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A SMOKE ALARM IN EVERY SLEEPING ROOM AND ALL SMOKE ALARMS MUST BE INTERCONNECTED.

2.HARD-WIRED SMOKE ALARMS OPERATE ON YOUR HOUSEHOLD ELECTRICAL CURRENT.THEY CAN BE INTERCONNECTED SO THAT EVERY ALARM SOUNDS REGARDLESS OF THE FIRE'S LOCATION. THIS IS AN ADVANTAGE IN EARLY WARNING, BECAUSE IT GIVES OCCUPANTS EXTRA TIME TO ESCAPE IF THEY ARE IN ONE PART OF THE HOME AND A FIRE BREAKS OUT IN ANOTHER PART. ALARMS THAT ARE HARD-WIRED SHOULD HAVE BATTERY BACKUPS IN CASE OF A POWER OUTAGE, AND SHOULD BE INSTALLED BY A QUALIFIED ELECTRCIAN.

3.IF YOU SLEEP WITH THE BEDROOM DOORS CLOSED, HAVE A QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN INSTALL INTERCONNECTED SMOKE ALARMS IN EACH ROOM SO THAT WHEN ONE ALARM SOUNDS, THEY ALL SOUND.

4. IF YOU, OR SOMEONE IN YOUR HOME IS DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING, CONSIDER INSTALLING AN ALARM THAT COMBINES FLASHING LIGHTS,VIBRATION AND/OR SOUND.

5.MOUNT SMOKE ALARMS HIGH ON THE WALLS OR CEILINGS (REMEMBER, SMOKE RISES). CEILING MOUNTED ALARMS SHOULD BE INSTALLED AT LEAST FOUR INCHES AWAY FROM THE NEAREST WALL; WALL-MOUNTED ALARMS SHOULD BE INSTALLED FOUR TO 12 INCHES AWAY FROM THE CEILING.

6. IF YOU HAVE CEILINGS THAT ARE PITCHED. INSTALL THE ALARM NEAR THE CEILING'S HIGHEST PIONT

7. DON'T INSTALL SMOKE ALARMS NEAR WINDOWS, DOORS, OR DUCTS WHERE DRAFTS MIGHT INTERFERE WITH THEIR OPERATION.

8.NEVER PAINT SMOKE ALARMS. PAINT, STICKERS, OR OTHER DECORATIONS COULD KEEP THE ALARMS FROM WORKING.

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