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Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.

Roseville, Calif- The Roseville Fire Department teamed up with the American Red Cross to assist with their Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.

This campaign has volunteers and firefighters going door-to-door in pre-designated Roseville neighborhoods, for the purpose of offering residents the opportunity to have their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms checked, new smoke and carbon monoxide alarms installed if needed and providing information and education on a variety of home safety topics. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 96% of American homes have at least one smoke alarm however, either no smoke alarms were present or none operated in two out of five (41%) of the reported home fires between 2003-2006. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

NFPA tips on smoke alarms

  • Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.

For more information on smoke alarms and how to keep your family safe, please visit the National Fire Protection Association.

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