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Spring is in the Air, Let’s Get Ready!

Springtime is swiftly approaching and that means daylight savings time is coming up. Use this bi-annual time change to remind yourself to check your smoke alarms! To increase the chances of surviving a fire double check or change the batteries in smoke alarms.  For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside of sleeping areas and inside of every bedroom. Smoke alarms should be mounted up high on walls or ceilings.

CHECK YOUR BATTERIES TWICE A YEAR

Remember smoke alarms do not last forever and neither do batteries so they should be changed every year and smoke alarms should be changed every 8-10 years.  If you have an alarm older than 10 years or aren’t sure of the date purchased it is likely time to update it.

Hard Facts:

  • 334 Children died in house fires in 2013.
  • 83% of fire related deaths are due to home fires.
  • House fires spread rapidly in as little as two minutes leaving families barely any time to escape.
  • Quick tip: A closed door may slow down the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.

Get low and get out to escape the fire together and enjoy time with family.

This information was originally from Safe Kids Worldwide and National Fire Protection Association

This post was prepared by Safe Kids Georgia Intern, Shivani Patel.

 

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