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March 11, 2014 > Remember to check smoke alarms

Remember to check smoke alarms

Submitted By Dennis Mathisen

CAL FIRE officials are reminding all Californians to ensure they have working smoke alarms in their homes. Studies have shown that most homes have smoke alarms, however nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms.

ÒThe time change is a great opportunity to spend a few minutes making sure our homeÕs smoke alarms are in good working conditions and installed in the proper locations,Ó stated California State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover. ÒMost people know how critical smoke alarms are, but forget to maintain them.Ó

Smoke alarms should be placed inside and outside of every bedroom and on every level of the home. With two different types of smoke alarm technologies on the market, CAL FIRE recommends that every residence be equipped with both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms. Many brands also offer dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors.

For years fire officials have asked homeowners to replace the batteries in their smoke alarms annually, but a recent law in California requires new smoke alarms to be equipped with a 10-year long-life lithium battery that doesnÕt need to be replaced until the entire device is replaced after 10 years. It is still critical for residents to test their older alarms and replace old alkaline batteries annually.

For more information on smoke alarms, visit: http://www.fire.ca.gov/communications/communications_firesafety_smokealarms.php.

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