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Do you have working smoke detectors in
Do you change the batteries in your detectors every six months?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that each year, more than 2,700 people die as a result of home fires and burns. Fire departments in America are responding to home fires every 82 seconds. Many of these fires and fatalities could have been prevented, had the basics of fire prevention been observed.
“These three questions are the most important when it comes to fire safety,” said Mike Convery, Chief Claim Officer at MetLife Auto & Home. “Family members need to know exit routes in the event of a fire, as well as where to meet as a group outside. For smoke detectors, it’s recommended that households have one on every level, in every bedroom, and in the halls outside of sleeping areas. An easy way to remember when to change the batteries in your smoke detectors is when you reset the clocks for daylight saving time.”
“Smoke alarms actually reduce the risk of dying in a fire by 50 percent,” said Convery. “Sadly, many people do not know as much as they should about these life-saving devices. According to the NFPA, in a recent telephone survey, only 12 percent of those surveyed knew that smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. For the safety of your home and loved ones, it’s important to get the facts about fire safety and smoke alarms.”
If you answered “no” to any of these
questions, you’re not alone.
“Smoke alarms actually
reduce the risk of dying
in a fire by 50 percent”