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Smoke Alarms: Up, Down and All Around

Sept. 30, 2010


For more information, contact:

October 1, 2010

Public Education Specialist Jill Glanz


Smoke Alarms: Up, Down and All Around

North Shore Fire Department Reinforces Newer Smoke Alarm Recommendations

during Fire Prevention Month ~ October, 2010

(October 1, 2010) – In an effort to better educate communities throughout the U.S. about smoke alarm recommendations, the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA ) is promoting “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!” as the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 3-9, which the North Shore is supporting locally. NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for 88 years.

“Many homes in the North Shore may not have any smoke alarms, not enough smoke alarms, alarms that are too old, or alarms that are not working,” says Jill Glanz, Public Education Specialist of the North Shore Fire Department. “We want residents to understand that working smoke alarms are needed in every home, on every level (including the basement), outside each sleeping area and inside each bedroom. And, if a smoke alarm is 10 years old or older, it needs to be replaced.”

According to Jill Glanz, smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. NFPA statistics show that working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire nearly in half. But they must be working properly to do so. The association’s data shows that many homes have smoke alarms that aren’t working or maintained properly, usually because of missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Roughly two-thirds of all home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

The North Shore Fire Department (NSFD) recognizes the entire month of October as Fire Prevention Month. The NSFD will be presenting age appropriate, progressive fire safety programs to 20 North Shore schools, grades K4 – 4th, during Fire Prevention Month. Through these educational programs, students can learn more about fire safety and the power of smoke alarms.

NFPA and the North Shore Fire Department agree that interconnected smoke alarms offer the best protection; when one sounds, they all do. This is particularly important in larger or multi-story homes, where the sound from distant smoke alarms may be reduced to the point that it may not be loud enough to provide proper warning, especially for sleeping individuals.

“Most people have a sense of complacency about smoke alarms because they already have one in their homes. Fire Prevention Week provides an excellent opportunity to re-educate people about smoke alarms, new technologies and expanded options for installation and maintenance,” says Judy Comoletti, division manager for NFPA public education. “Ultimately, we want this year’s campaign to serve as a call to action for households nationwide to inspect their homes to ensure that their families have the full smoke alarm protection that’s recommended.”

The North Shore Fire Department offers the following tips for making sure smoke alarms are maintained and working properly:

·Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button, and make sure everyone in your home knows their sound.

·If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.

·Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they’re 10 years old (or sooner) if they do not respond properly when tested.

·Never remove or disable a smoke alarm.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Month programs in the North Shore, please contact the North Shore Fire Department at 414-228-0292 or . To learn more about “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!,” visit NFPA’s Web site at www. .


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