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A Sound You Can Live With. A Focus on Replacing Aging Smoke Alarms.

Fire Chief John Pond joins State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Wellesley Fire Chief Rick DeLorie, president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts, announcing the launch of a new statewide smoke alarm public awareness campaign.

Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With. Do you remember the last time you replaced your smoke alarms? Was it more than ten years ago? When you moved into or built your home? If you don’t remember, it may be time to do so. 

Most people know they are supposed to have working smoke alarms, but the one thing most people don’t know is that they should replace them about every ten years. Major manufacturers of smoke alarms indicate they have a service life of about ten years and recommend replacement after that.

Over the course of ten years, we all replace many home appliances such as toasters, coffee makers, even refrigerators. No home appliance lasts forever. It’s important to replace aging smoke alarms too.

No Working Smoke Alarms in 36% of Fire Deaths in 1 & 2-Family Homes

In 2014, you were more likely to die in a fire in a one- and two-family home than in any other residence and one without a working smoke alarm. Thirty-six percent of the fire deaths in one- and two-family homes occurred where there no working smoke alarms or where they failed to operate. In Massachusetts, homes must have working smoke alarms that are less than ten years before they can be sold.

In a fire seconds count. Fire doubles in size every sixty seconds. The products in the modern home emit extremely toxic gases. Smoke and heat can make escape impossible in less than 2-3 minutes in the average home that does not have sprinklers. Working smoke alarms provide early warning and give families crucial seconds to use their escape plan.

To sign up for the Free Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Installation Program, please call Jeanette at 534-2250.  Holyoke Residents only.

Posted on December 7, 2015 by