Do your fire and smoke alarms work? Really?
The Post-Bulletin in Minnesota reports the fire marshal of St. Paul, Jerry Rosendahl, suggests the end of daylight savings time is a good part of the year to replace batteries in fire alarms. It is also suggested that alarms that are at least ten-years-old be replaced with new ones.
The fire marshal stated that 90% of homes in the United States have fire alarms, but as many as 30% of those alarms do not work because of old age or the batteries are dead. In Minnesota, 25% of the home fire-related deaths occurred in homes that did not have a working alarm.
Check out the U.S. Fire Administration for tips about fire and smoke alarms and sprinkler systems. It is recommended that a fire alarm be installed on every level of a home and outside the door of every bedroom.
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