Most fire deaths occur at home. Most occur in homes with no working smoke detectors. So why take a risk? Installing smoke detectors is the smart thing to do. It's also the safe thing to do. They really do work!
For minimum protection, install a smoke detector outside of each bedroom or sleeping area in your home. Better, install detectors on every level of your home.
- Keep your smoke detectors properly maintained. Test them once a week to ensure that the detectors are working properly.
- If your smoke alarm starts making a "chirping" noise, replace the batteries and reset it.
- At least once a year remember to change your smoke alarm batteries. Use only the type of batteries recommended on the detector.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors.
- Obtain and learn how to use a fire extinguisher.
- Cleaning your smoke detector (blowing the dust out) will prevent random activations that usually occur when first starting your heater or air conditioner.
Make a Plan
- Develop an escape plan and review the plan with all members of the family frequently. Be aware that children and elderly people may need special assistance should a fire occur. Establish a meeting place outside the house for all members of the family to ensure that everyone gets out safely. When fire occurs, get out of the house and use a neighbor's telephone to notify the Fire Department.
The Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department provides free smoke detector checks for Seniors. The checks are performed by trained volunteers.
To request a smoke detector check, call 480-782-2160.