Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a fire. Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) show that properly working smoke detectors can cut the chance of dying in a fire almost in half.
This year's Fire Prevention Week Theme—"Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!" —serves as an opportunity for the Beech Mountain Volunteer Fire Department to share the following smoke alarm reminders with you:
* Smoke alarms are needed in every home, on every level, outside each sleeping area, and inside each bedroom.
* If a smoke alarm is 10 or more years old, it needs to be replaced.
* Interconnected smoke alarms offer the best protection because when one sounds, they all will sound.
* Smoke alarms should be tested once a month.
* Never remove or disable a smoke alarm.
* If a smoke alarm "chirps," it is indicating a low battery, and the battery must be replaced immediately.
* Do not be complacent about your smoke alarm. They must be properly maintained.
To learn more about "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!," visit the NFPA's website at www. firepreventionweek.org, or contact the Beech Mountain Volunteer Fire Department at 387-4612.