FIRE PREVENTION WEEK – DON’T WAIT CHECK THE DATE !!!!!!!
Does your home have a smoke alarm? The majority of people answer yes to this question, but most people are not sure how old their smoke alarms are.
If a smoke alarm is ten years old or more, replace it. Smoke alarms lose sensitivity after ten years and can fail to alert you to a fire in your home.
To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced ten years from that date.
In 2015, fire fighters responded to 986 home fires resulting in 12 deaths. Everyone needs to check their smoke alarms for a current date and replace the batteries at least once a year. A working smoke alarm is your first and best defense.
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres.
This information has been provided by Idaho State Fire Marshal Knute Sandahl.