Smoke Detectors
Smoke KILLS, smoke detector SAVE LIVES


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FREE SMOKE DETECTORS
Have you checked your detectors (smoke, heat, CO) lately ??
If not, DO IT NOW !!
Are they all working correctly ??
If not, CHANGE THEM NOW !!
Have you changed the batteries within the last 6 months ??
CHECK BATTERIES EACH TWICE A YEAR WHEN THE TIME CHANGES.
Is your detector older than 10 years old ??
If yes, then they need to be replaced.


The Oswego Town Fire Department will provide any resident of the town with a free smoke detector if they do not currently have one. We will come to your house and install it and answer any questions you might have. If we can help in anyway, please feel free to call us anytime and we will be happy to try and assist you.

CONTACT US 343-2030 or email us

SMOKE DETECTOR INFORMATION SHEETS

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Home Smoke Detector Information

Smoke Detectors Save Lives
The majority of fatal home fires happen at night, when people are asleep.  Contrary to popular belief, the smell of smoke may not wake a sleeping person.  The poisonous gasses and smoke produced by a fire can numb the senses and put you into a deeper sleep. Inexpensive household smoke detectors sound an alarm, alerting you to a fire.  By giving you time to escape, smoke detectors cut your risk of dying in a home fire nearly in half.   Smoke detectors save so many lives most states have laws requiring them in private homes.

Choosing a Detector

Be sure that the smoke detectors you buy carry the label of an independent testing laboratory. Several types of detectors are available. Some run on batteries, others on household current. Some detect smoke using an "ionization" sensor, others use a "photoelectric" detection system.  All approved smoke detectors, regardless of the type, will offer adequate protection provided they are installed and maintained.

Is One Enough?

Every home should have a smoke detector outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. The National Fire Alarm Code, developed by NFPA requires a smoke detector in each sleeping room for new construction On floors without bedrooms, detectors should be installed in or near living areas, such as dens, living rooms, or family rooms. Be sure everyone sleeping in your home can hear your smoke detector's alarms. If any residents are hearing impaired or sleep with bedroom doors closed, install additional detectors inside sleeping areas as well.  There are special smoke detectors for the hearing impaired; these flash a light in addition to sounding an audible alarm.

For extra protection, NFPA suggests installing detectors in dining rooms, furnace rooms, utility rooms, and hallways.  Smoke detectors are not recommended for kitchens, bathrooms, or garages - where cooking fumes, steam or exhaust fumes could set off false alarms - or for attics and other unheated spaces where humidity and temperature changes might affect a detector's operation.

Where To Install
Because smoke rises, mount detectors high on a wall or on the ceiling.  Wall-mounted units should be mounted so that the top of the detector is 4 to 12 inches (10 to 30 cm) from the ceiling. A ceiling mounted detector should be attached at least four inches (10 cm) from the nearest wall. In a room with a pitched ceiling, mount the detector at or near the ceiling's highest point. In stairways with no doors at the top or bottom, position smoke detectors anywhere in the path of smoke moving up the stairs. But always position smoke detectors at the bottom of closed stairways, such as those leading to the basement, because dead air trapped near the door at the top of a stairway could prevent smoke from reaching a detector located at the top. Don't install a smoke detector too near a window, door, or forced-air register where drafts could interfere with the detector's operation.
Installation.

Most battery-powered smoke detectors and detectors that plug into wall outlets can be installed using only a drill and a screwdriver, by following the manufacturer's instructions.   Plug-in detectors must have restraining devices so they cannot be unplugged by accident.  Detectors can also be hard-wired into a building's electrical system.   Hard-wired detectors should be installed by a qualified electrician.  Never connect a smoke detector to a circuit that can be turned off by a wall switch.

False Alarms

Cooking vapors and steam sometimes set off a smoke detector.  To correct this, try moving the detector away from the kitchen or bathroom, or install an exhaust fan.  Cleaning your detector regularly, according to the manufacturer's instructions, may also help.
If "nuisance alarms" persist, do not disable the detector.  Replace the detector.

Maintenance
Only a functional smoke detector can protect you.
Never disable a detector by "borrowing" its battery for another use.
Following the manufacturer's instructions, test all your smoke detectors monthly and install new batteries at least once a year.  A good reminder is when you change your clocks in the spring or fall: change your clock, change your battery.
Clean your smoke detectors using a vacuum cleaner without removing the detector's cover.
Never paint a smoke detector.
Smoke detectors don't last forever. Replace any smoke detector that is more than 10 years old.

Plan And Practice
Make sure everyone is familiar with the sound of the detectors alarm.
Plan escape routes.  Know at least two ways out of each room.  Agree on a meeting place outside your home where all residents will gather after they escape.  Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.
Remove obstructions from doors and windows needed for escape.
Make sure everyone in the household can unlock doors and windows quickly, even in the dark.   Windows or doors with security bars should be equipped with quick-release devices and everyone in the household should know how to use them.
When an alarm sounds, leave immediately.  Go directly to your outside meeting place and call the fire department.
Once your out, stay out.  Never return to a burning building.

If you are in need of a free smoke detector or have questions,
CONTACT US 343-2030 or email us

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