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Danger! Gasoline
Facts you should know to prevent explosion and fire from gasoline vapors
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Fire Hazards in the Home
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Cooking Oil and Grease Fires
Put a lid on it!
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Fire Escape Planning
At work, At home
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Fire Safety Tips for students
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Smoke Alarms
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Portable Fire Extinguishers
Fight or Flight?
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Frequently asked questions about smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms

Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms, and advance planning — a home fire escape plan that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced

Where should I place my smoke alarms?

Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Follow manufacturer's instructions

How often should I test my smoke alarms?

Test smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button

When should I replace the batteries in my smoke alarm?

Replace the batteries twice a year, when you change you clock. Even if the batteries are working, fresh, new batteries allow us to know the alarm will work.
If the alarm "chirps" this is telling you the battery is low and your smoke alarm needs a new one immediately.

How long does a smoke alarm last?

All smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years, that is battery ones, those that use the 10 year batteries as well as hard wired. If they are not responding properly replace immediately. Be sure smoke alarms have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.

Is there a difference between an ionization smoke alarm and a photoelectric smoke alarm?

An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires, and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, both types of alarms or a combination alarm (photoelectric and ionization) should be installed in homes.

What should I do when fumes or steam set off my smoke alarms?

If cooking fumes or steam sets off the alarms, replace the alarm with an alarm that has a "hush" button. A "hush" button will reduce the alarm’s sensitivity for a short period of time.

If I am deaf how can a smoke alarm warn me of fire?

People who are deaf or hard-of-hearing should use alarms with strobe (flashing) lights that have been tested by an independent testing laboratory. The alarms for sleeping areas with strobe lights are required to be of a special high intensity that can wake a sleeping person. vibrations can be part of this type of smoke alarm

Why do I need a home escape plan?

Those that have an exit drill from the home and practiced it, knowing two ways out of every room improves their time to escape in fire. Time is very important during a fire so working smoke alarms and a plan are necessary.

What is carbon monoxide or the silent killer?

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

What are Symptoms of CO poisoning?

CO enters the body through breathing. CO poisoning can be confused with flu symptoms, food poisoning and other illnesses. Some symptoms include shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, light headedness or headaches. High levels of CO can be fatal, causing death within minutes.
Where should I place the carbon monoxide alarm?

CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height. Choose a CO alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.

When should I test my CO alarm?

Test CO alarms at least once a month, replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

What should I do if the CO alarm sounds?

If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors, or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call the fire department from your fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel arrive

Can I cause CO if I start my vehicle in my garage?

If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.

What other way can I get CO in my home?

During and after a snowstorm, vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace can have snow build-up. Ensure these vents are clear of snow. Use generator in well-ventilated locations outdoors, away from windows, doors and vent openings and also gas or charcoal grills can produce CO — only use outside.

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