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Smoke Detectors

Smoke Detectors Save Lives!

Statistics show that most fatal fires occur at night when people are sleeping. Before the flames of a fire actually reach you, the smoke and poisonous gases can kill you . The normal level of oxygen in the air is 21%. In a fire this level will start dropping; below 17% clear thinking and muscle control become difficult; and between 6-10% breathing will stop. After 4-6 minutes without oxygen, brain death occurs. The heat in a fire can easily exceed 1000 Fahrenheit, which will severely burn exposed tissue and can also cause unconsciousness in a very short time.

According to the Standard on Household Warning Equipment (NFPA 74), minimum protection requires smoke detectors outside each bedroom and on each additional level of the house including the basement. For extra protection it is recommended that you also install detectors inside each bedroom, the dining room, furnace room, utility room and hallways. Since smoke rises smoke detectors need to be mounted high on a wall or on a ceiling. It is extremely important to test and clean detectors regularly. An easy way to remember to do this is;

Change your Clock, Change your Battery!

Smoke detectors can give you warning; but it is up to you to get yourself and your family out of danger. Every family should have a fire escape plan with at least two ways to escape in case of a fire and you should practice this plan often enough that young children will not forget. When using your escape plan remember to crawl low, under the smoke, and keep your mouth covered. Feel closed doors with the back of your hand. If it is hot, use another exit. If not open the door slowly and check for smoke and fire. If your clothes happen to catch fire, STOP, DROP and ROLL. Cover your face with your hands to protect it from the flames. If someone else catches fire, smother the flames with a blanket or coat and roll them on the ground. Meet at the designated meeting place once outside, and then call for help - never return to a burning building.

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