Bullhead City Fire Department reminds residents about the importance of working smoke alarms
BCFD would like to remind citizens to ring in the New Year by checking their smoke alarms! Do you know how old your smoke alarms are? Do you have smoke alarms installed in all of your home’s bedrooms? The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) advises that smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping areas, and on every level of the home, including the basement, and all alarms should be replaced with a new alarm every ten years.
Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. According to the NFPA, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Roughly, two-thirds of all home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms can detect and alert you to a fire in its early stages, giving you the time needed to escape safely.
We suggest following these tips to help ensure smoke alarms in your home are maintained and working properly:
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home.
- 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 are ten years old or sooner if they do not respond properly when tested.
If you have questions or concerns regarding smoke alarms, please contact our Community Risk Reduction Division at 928-758-3971. Additional information can be located on the NFPA’s Web site at www.nfpa.org/smokealarms