LORIS, SC (WMBF) – Firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, and the Loris Fire Department are joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10 reminding locals the importance of having working smoke alarms in their homes.
According to the Loris Fire Department, half of home fire deaths happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Working smoke alarms cuts the chance of dying in a fire.
Fire prevention week urges residents to follow these guidelines:
- Install smoke alarms in every room and every level of the home
- Interconnect all smoke alarms, when one goes off, they all do
- Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button
- Replace all alarms if they are 10 years old or don’t respond properly
- Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of an alarm and understands what to do if they hear it
- If the smoke alarm goes off, go outside and find your meeting place
- Call the fire department from outside of the home.