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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Show your smoke alarm a little attention...

Show your smoke alarm a little attention...

It may save your life someday

Your smoke alarm is normally a silent guardian, but will it be able to alert you when you need it? If you show it a little TLC every now and then, it could save your life.

Did you know that the Wilmington Fire Department will assist you with installing or checking your smoke alarm? Call a Fire and Life Safety Educator at (910) 343-4784 for more information or with questions about the many smoke alarms available today.

Here are some other things you should know about smoke alarm:

  1. There should be more than one smoke alarm in your home.
  2. Home fire codes now require that a smoke alarm be installed in each bedroom and hallway in all new construction.
  3. Smoke alarms should be tested MONTHLY.
  4. Smoke alarms are generally good for ten years, then they should be replaced.
  5. Batteries in smoke alarms should be changed twice per year. A good rule of thumb is to replace your batteries when daylight savings time changes. Alarms that have ten-year lithium batteries do not have to be changed until the recommended time.

For more information on Fire & Life Safety programs, call the Fire & Life Safety Division at (910) 343-0696 or visit their web page.

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