Smoke alarms can help you keep your family safe

By Christina Seidel, CSFD Public Education Officer

Did you know 60 percent of fire fatalities happen in homes that had either malfunctioning smoke alarms or none at all?

With this being Fire Prevention Week, it’s an ideal time to check your smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom and in the hallway outside a group of bedrooms. In addition, every level of your home should have at least one alarm.

Since smoke alarms only alert you when they work properly, the College Station Fire Department recommends testing your alarms once a month and replacing the batteries twice a year.

If the thought of testing, replacing or installing alarms is intimidating, just let us know. We’ll replace your batteries and help you understand why all your alarms seem to be chirping at once.

Through our Smoke Alarm Program, we also offer free installations to College Station homeowners who are financially or physically unable to install their own. What’s more, we provide special alarms for those with hearing impairments.

Click here to request free smoke alarms or to have your alarms checked.

For more information, contact me at 979-764-3712 or cseidel@cstx.gov.

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