The Holyoke Fire Department is committed to providing the community with life safety resources in order to reduce life and property loss in the community.
Smoke Alarms Save Lives!
- When fire strikes you may have less than one minute to safely get out of the building.
- Having working smoke alarms in your home can double your chances of survival if a fire occurs.
- Home fire deaths have been cut in half since the early 1970s when smoke alarms were first marketed.
- 50% of the fire deaths that occur each year in the U.S. take place in the 5% of homes without smoke alarms.
Fires produce heat, smoke, and toxic gases.
Smoke alarms warn residents in the event of a fire. They give you time to leave the building before your escape route is blocked by deadly smoke, heat and toxic gases.
Special smoke alarms are available for the hearing impaired.
The alarm can be wired to a light, which flashes when the detector is in alarm. A vibrating alert unit can also be used under a pillow while the person is asleep.
PROTECT your family:
- Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home, except unfinished basements or attics.
- Since 2006, state law has required carbon monoxide detectors in most homes.
- Locate CO detectors near bedrooms so family members will awaken at night.
- Detectors should be kept away from open windows or doors, excessively hot, cold or damp areas and “dead-air spaces” such as corners of rooms and peaks of ceilings.
- Do not place a CO detector in a garage, furnace room, near the stove or fireplace. What KIND of CO DETECTORS to purchase?
- Make sure that any detector you purchase is approved and certified by a nationally recognized testing agency, such as Underwriters Laboratory (UL) and that it meets the requirements of state law.
- There are several types of alarms that are allowed in Massachusetts: » Battery-powered with battery monitoring; » Plug-in (AC powered) units with battery backup; » AC primary power (hard-wired – usually involves hiring an electrician) with battery backup; » Low-voltage with secondary power; and » Combination smoke detectors and CO alarms that have a signal as well as a voice alert.
- Follow installation instructions carefully.
If appliances that burn fuel are properly maintained and used, the amount of CO produced is usually not hazardous. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions that come with fuel-burning devices. However, if appliances are not working properly or are used incorrectly, dangerous levels of CO can result.
- Have a qualified service technician inspect your appliances yearly, before the heating season.
- Check vent pipes, flues, and chimneys for leaks or blockages.
- Unvented kerosene heaters are illegal in MA.
- Never use a charcoal grill indoors!
- Do not use a gas oven to heat your home.
- Don’t leave a vehicle running inside a garage, even if the door is open, fumes will build up quickly inside the home.
- Never use gasoline-powered engines (generators, chain saws, blowers, weed trimmers, mowers or snow blowers) indoors or near doors or windows.