Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) are once again working with local fire departments nationwide to raise awareness on the importance of working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in helping to keep families safe in their homes.
Thirty-eight percent of fatal fire injuries occur in homes with no smoke alarms, while 24 percent occur in homes in which at least one smoke alarm is present but fails to operate, frequently due to dead or missing batteries.
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To make sure your family is safe and sound, check out these safety tips from Energizer:
- Practice smoke alarm maintenance for a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths.
- A simple reminder from the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Energizer® Batteries: When you change your clocks, change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This can help save lives.
- Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly to make sure they are working.
- Have at least one working smoke alarm on each level of your home.
- Install one carbon monoxide detector in a central location outside each separate sleeping area.
- Plan, discuss and practice an escape route with your family for dangerous situations such as home fires, carbon monoxide leaks and natural disasters.
- Do not rely on your sense of smell to alert you that you and/or your family are in danger of being trapped during a fire or from a carbon monoxide leak.
- Be sure not to ignore the chirping sound your smoke alarm makes when maintenance is required.
- Keep fire-starting materials away from children, including lighters, matches, cigarettes, cigars and pipes.
- Use flashlights or flameless candles rather than candles to light your home during power outages.
- Space heaters need space. Portable space heaters need a three-foot (one meter) clearance from anything that can burn and should always be turned off when leaving the room or going to sleep.
- Never use your oven to heat your home.
- Carbon monoxide detectors are NOT substitutes for smoke alarms.
Keep your family, friends and neighbors safe — remind them to follow these simple tips and change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
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