Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!
Top Tips for Fire Safety
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
- Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
- Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
- If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.
The National Fire Protection Association has a timely campaign called “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”
When an alarm makes noise—a beeping sound or a chirping sound—you must take action!”
• A continuous set of three loud beeps—beep, beep, beep—means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1, and stay out.
• A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed.
• All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years.
• Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced.
• Make sure your smoke and CO alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
The Colorado Springs Fire Department will replace single-unit smoke alarm batteries for senior and low-income individuals, Contact the Fire Department Front Desk at 719-385-5950.
If the CO Alarms are going off and showing a CO reading/warning, have everyone leave the building and call 911.
Some obvious signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are dizziness/lightheadedness, sleepiness/fatigue, and/or headaches.
Learn more and view fact sheets at: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire.html
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