HOT SPRINGS – The Hot Springs Fire Department wants to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly. “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” is the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign beginning October 5 through October 11.
Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. According to the latest research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm tips:
• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every
level of the home, including the basement.
• Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
• Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
• Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old, or sooner if they don’t respond
• Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what
to do when they hear it.
If you do not have a working smoke detector in your home, please contact the Hot Springs Fire Department for information on how to get a free smoke detector.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Hot Springs, please contact the Fire Marshal’s office at (501)321-6970.