If you have questions about installing smoke detectors, contact your local fire department. These professionals will give you advice and offer helpful suggestions.
Make sure your smoke detectors have working batteries. Many community organizations recommend changing batteries in smoke detectors when clocks change in the fall and the spring—this makes it easier to remember and helps make sure your smoke detectors will work properly if they are ever needed.
Carefully map out an escape route from all areas of your home, especially bedrooms. Know where the fire escape stairs are or purchase approved fire-safety ladders, if needed. Make sure all members of your household know how to safely exit your home from all areas. If there is a fire in your home, lives will depend on getting out of the building. Have fire drills and practice what everyone will do—especially children—if there is a fire in your home.
To learn more, visit the American Burn Association Web site at www.ameriburn.org.
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