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|• In the Kitchen|
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|• In the Home|
|• Smoke Detectors|
|• 10 Great Tips|
|• Portable Extinguishers|
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|• Carbon Monoxide|
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Time: 7:00 PM
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Aquinas in the
Date: 3rd Tuesday monthly.
Time: 7:00 PM
Aquinas Institute Cafeteria
Fire Safety / Smoke Detectors
Question 1: WHY DO WE NEED A SMOKE DETECTOR?
Answer: The most important reason is that most fatal home fires occur at night, while people are asleep. Gases and smoke from a fire in your home can numb the senses in a very short time. Every home needs a device that can wake people up in time to escape from a fire. Almost every day, a smoke detector saves somebody's life. That's why Illinois law and the Elmhurst City Code require smoke detectors in all homes, hotels and apartments. Of all the low-cost fire-alarm devices you can buy, your fire department considers smoke detectors the most effective.
Question 2: WHY DO SMOKE DETECTORS SAVE LIVES?
Answer: A smoke detector is a type of fire alarm. Some look like a small dinner plate, only thicker. A smoke detector is placed high in a room because smoke rises. It can detect smoke and sound an alarm before you ever see or smell the smoke.
There are many smoke detectors on the market. We can divide them into two lines: for industrial application and home use. Detectors for industrial application are usually connected to professional fire and security systems.
Detectors for home use operate on batteries; others use the house's electrical system, some with a battery in case of a power failure. With battery units you must replace the batteries. With electric units you do not have this problem. However, if the power goes out during a fire the smoke detector will not work unless it is equipped with a battery back-up.
Question 3: HOW EFFECTIVE ARE SMOKE DETECTORS?
Answer: Residential fire deaths have decreased steadily as the number of homes with smoke detectors increased. Reports from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) on residential fire deaths show that people have nearly a 50 percent better chance of surviving a fire if their home has the recommended number of smoke detectors.
Question 4: WHICH SMOKE DETECTOR SHOULD WE BUY?
Answer 1: Here is video on the 2 types of Smoke Decetors out on the maket today. Click here to veiw the video on youtube.
Answer 2: There are dozens of reputable brands of smoke detectors are readily available. No matter where you buy your detectors or what type they are, be sure that products are approved by professional laboratory (UL, BRE, VdS) or organization in your country that tests and evaluates products. Any labeled smoke detector offers protection whether it's professional unit or for household use. But to get the protection you paid for, it's vital that you follow the manufacturer's recommendations for installation, testing and maintenance.
Installing smoke detectors is the smart thing to do. It's also the safe thing to do.
Question 5: Where to Install Smoke Alarms
Answer: The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) states that the best location for a smoke detector is on the ceiling near a doorway or stairway. As a fire burns, the smoke rises and seeks easiest route of escape. You should also have a smoke detector on the hallway ceiling outside of sleeping areas (bedrooms). Remember to install a separate smoke detector in each sleeping area if you have multiple sleeping areas located in different areas or different levels of the house. Additional smoke detectors in each bedroom, is optimal.
Every Spring and Fall when you change your clocks, remember to change your smoke alarm batteries. Use only the type of batteries recommended on the detector.
Develop an escape plan and review the plan with all members of the family frequently. Be aware that children and elderly people may need special assistance should a fire occur. Establish a meeting place outside the house for all members of the family to ensure that everyone gets out safely. When fire occurs, get out of the house!
If you can't not aford a smoke decetor, the Rochester Fire Department will supply at no coast to the homeoner or renter 1 free smoke decetor with one batter. The RFD receives federal funding to install a limited number of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for low-income homeowners. This program does not apply to landlords. The Rochester Fire Department will install smoke and carbon monoxide decetors at no charge to you.
New York State law requires smoke and carbon monoxide in all types of housing. Detectors are the best way keep family members safe in the event of a fire or a release of highly poisonous carbon monoxide gas.
It is the responsibility of the property owner, including landlords, to ensure these devices are in place. But the Rochester Fire Department (RFD) will provide home safety checks. The RFD will visit any city home to ensure smoke or carbon monoxide detectors are correctly installed and in working order.
Call 311 to schedule an appointment or to determine if you qualify for a free smoke or carbon monoxide detector.