Austin Fire Department Urges You to Make Sure You Have Working Smoke Alarms
AUSTIN, TX… October is Fire Prevention Month. This year, the Austin Fire Department is focusing their efforts on encouraging all Austinites to make sure they have working smoke alarms in their home.
“A working smoke alarm is the cheapest life insurance money can buy,” said Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr. “People don’t realize just how quickly a fire can spread. A working smoke alarm can buy you and your family precious time to escape. That’s a sobering reminder that it only takes a few minutes to check and change the batteries, but it could save your life.”
Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms. Additionally, families should have an escape plan and practice it, and make sure children know to get out and stay out.
For those residents who don’t have smoke alarms, the Austin Fire Department has a free program whereby we will conduct a home hazard assessment of your property and ensure you have working smoke alarms. Just call (512) 974-0299 for more information.
Facts about smoke alarms (From the National Fire Protection Association):
Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a reported fire in half.
Each year, nearly 3,000 people die in U.S. home fires.
In more than half of the reported home fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate (even though the fire was large enough), batteries were missing or disconnected. Nuisance alarms were the leading reason for disconnected alarms.
In a 2008 telephone survey, only 12 percent knew that smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
The Austin Fire Department was founded on September 25, 1857 and is now one of the 20 largest departments in the country, with 45 fire stations located throughout the city and more than 1,100 employees. For more information about life-saving fire prevention, please visit www.austinfiredepartment.org.
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