Fire Safety Information

Here’s some basic information on smoke alarms that we should ALL bear in mind:

•  Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.

•  More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present. 

•  The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

How often should you test/change batteries

For smoke alarm powered by a nine-volt battery

•  Test the alarm monthly.

•  Replace the batteries at spring and fall time change

•  Replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years.

For smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium (or “long-life”) battery

•  Test the alarm monthly.

• Since you cannot (and should not) replace the lithium battery, replace the entire smoke alarm according to the manufacturer's instructions.

For smoke alarm that is hardwired into your home's electrical system

•  Test the alarm monthly.

•  Replace the backup battery at least once every year.

•  Replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years.

Mesothelioma
Malignant mesothelioma is a rare cancer of the protective lining around important organs, such as the lungs. It is caused by asbestos and takes 20-50 years to develop after exposure.  For more informaiton please review Mesothelioma Guide

or

https://www.asbestos.com/occupations/firefighters/