Planning is essential for your family’s fire safety

Planning is essential for your family’s fire safety

By Carter Hall, College Station Firefighter

Home fires kill an average of about seven people every day. But did you know almost half of those are children under the age of five?

Most young kids don’t understand fire dangers and are incapable of knowing how to get out of a burning building. As adults, it’s our responsibility to take precautions such as installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, reducing fire risks, and practicing a fire escape plan. Continue reading “Planning is essential for your family’s fire safety”

Checking your smoke alarm’s age could save your life

Checking your smoke alarm’s age could save your life

Did you know that having a working smoke alarm in your home can increase your chance of surviving a fire by 50 percent? That makes smoke alarms your first line of defense in a fire. But did you also know you should replace your smoke alarms every 10 years? That’s the focus of Fire Prevention Week, which begins nationwide on Sunday, Oct. 9 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 15. Continue reading Checking your smoke alarm’s age could save your life

Smoke alarms can help you keep your family safe

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.

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Time to adjust your clock, check your smoke alarm

smokealarmWhen you reset your clocks Sunday to Daylight Saving Time, the College Station Fire Department recommends that you change your smoke alarm batteries and test your alarms.

A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing that can alert you and your family to a fire around the clock and significantly increases your chance of survival. Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm constantly scans the air in your home for smoke.

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