Smoke Alarms

WHY You SHOULD BE CONCERNED About RESIDENTIAL FIRES

Nationally, over 5000 people are killed each year in their own home. In fires where multiple deaths occur, 80% are between the hours of 9:00 PM and 6:00 AM.

In order to increase the total life safety In the State of Illinois, it is a goal to have a minimum of one properly installed and operating smoke alarm in every home. Ideally you should have a smoke alarm on every level of your home to include: tops of stairways, outside bedrooms and in the basement.

Installing, Maintaining and Testing Smoke Alarms: To insure that your smoke alarm will work properly, consult your owner's manual to determine the proper procedures suggested for your model.

SOME SUGGESTIONS: 1. Test Your Smoke Alarm Weekly - Review your owner's manual and determine the proper method suggested for your model. If uncertain, contact your local fi re department for proper instructions.

2.Replace Batteries Twice A Year - Establish dates for battery replacement (spring and fall time change). Also, a chirping sound indicates that the battery needs replacing.

3. Clean Your Smoke Alarm Annually - Use a vacuum cleaner to remove collected dust particles accumulating over the year's period.

4. All Members of the Household Should Be Aware of the Alarm Source - Review with all members of the household the location and use of the alarm. It is suggested that a different member test the alarm weekly.

5. Contact The Fire Department For ALL Fires.