Fire_prevention wkMarshall County Emergency Management wants to make sure you are prepared in the event of a Fire.  Installing smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside of each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home including the basement can help to warn those inside of a quickly-spreading fire.

This is Fire Prevention Week and here are some useful smoke alarm tips:
• Test smoke alarms every month, and change batteries at least once every six months.
• Replace smoke alarms every 8-10 years.
• Know the difference between the two types of smoke alarms. Ionization alarms work best when a fast-moving fire occurs. Photoelectric alarms are quicker at sensing smoldering, smoky fires. There are specialty alarms that are a combination of both.

While smoke alarms help to provide extra time to escape a fire, it’s also important to practice escape plans with those in the household so that everyone knows which exits to use in each room of the home. These escape plans should be practiced both during the day and during the night. In the event of a fire, it is important to have a designated meeting place outside and away from home. Make sure everyone is accounted for and designate one person to call the fire department.

Schools and Businesses are also encouraged to schedule a fire drill during this week to review escape plans with staff and students.

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