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October is National Fire Prevention Month, and the Waterford Fire Department would like to see that every home is equipped with working smoke detectors. The Department will visit your home and provide smoke detectors and install them for absolutely no charge. All it takes is a phone call, 262-514-7019.
The National Fire Protection Association shared statistics about smoke alarms on their website. Between 2009 and 2013, smoke alarms sounded in more than 50% of home fires reported to fire departments in the United States. Working smoke alarms were absent in more than one third of home fire deaths and in one of five home fire deaths smoke alarms were present, but did not sound. Of that, almost half had missing or disconnected batteries, often nuisance alarms were cited as the reason for disconnection.
Mueller went on to say that homeowners should test smoke alarms monthly, replacing batteries at least once a year or when the chirp indicates a low battery. It is also important to outfit the home with several smoke alarms, one on every floor and outside and inside each bedroom. Consider options for interconnect your smoke alarms using wireless technology or hard wiring so fires detected in one area of the home can sound an alarm throughout the home.
The Waterford Fire Department believes strongly in the lifesaving value of smoke alarms and takes every opportunity to ensure that the people they serve are protected. “When our teams are on a call, our first priority is caring for the victim(s) and ensuring their safety. But as paramedics and EMTs care for the patient, other members of the team are checking smoke alarms and replacing batteries or providing new smoke detectors for defective or absent devices,” Mueller said. “We look forward to a day when we never have to learn that a single person died in a home fire because they weren’t protected by the early warning that a smoke alarm provides.”
The Waterford Fire Department is happy provide residents with answers to their questions about placement and proper use. Call the Waterford Fire Department at 262-514-7019.