The 2016 Fire Safety Tips
On each phone QSOs, we like to read a hint for fire safety. Here is the complete tip list for 2016.
1. A smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from the date it was manufactured.
2. The smoke alarm date of manufacture can be found on the back of the alarm.
3. To check the date of manufacture, you need to remove the alarm.
4. A closed door will slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
5. Interconnected smoke alarms are best because if one sounds, they all sound.
6. Smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month.
7. If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
8. When a smoke alarm sounds, you may have less than 1 to 2 minutes to escape.
9. Half of fire deaths happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. So don’t count on being awake for a fire – make sure that your smoke alarms will wake you up!
10. About 60% of fire deaths happen in home fires with either no working smoke alarms or else no smoke alarms at all. So keep your alarms working and stay safe!
11. When smoke alarms are present but do not operate, it is usually because they have missing or disconnected batteries.
12. Every home needs a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing doors and windows. Practice your escape plan with everyone in your home, at least twice a year.
13. To make sure you can escape, your home needs a smoke alarm on every level, inside each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.
14. If your smoke alarm makes a chirping sound, replace the battery and then test the alarm.
15. An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires. For best protection, use them along with photoelectric smoke alarms.
16. A photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. It’s best to use them along with ionization smoke alarms.
17. For the best protection, or where you need extra time is needed to awaken or assist others, use both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms.
18. You can also use combination-type alarms, which have both ionization and photoelectric detection in one unit.
19. Carbon-monoxide alarms should be installed outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. It is best to use interconnected alarms.
20. The leading cause of home fires is cooking.
21. Be on alert for kitchen fires! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
22. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen, even briefly, turn off the stove.
23. If you have a small grease fire on the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
24. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
25. If anyone in your household is deaf or hard of hearing, you’ll need a special smoke alarm or alert device to warn them of fire.
26. Alarms with strobe lights flash when the smoke alarm sounds. The lights warn deaf or hard-of-hearing people of a possible fire.
27. A pillow-shaker or bed-shaker can wake deaf people up so they can escape.
28. A loud, mixed, low-pitched sound alert device can wake up people who are hard of hearing. They may also find a pillow-shaker or bed-shaker helpful.
29. Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in case of a home fire.
30. For many more fire-safety tips, visit the Fire Prevention Week website: www.fpw.org.