“We can’t stress enough the importance of smoke alarms in fire prevention and safety,” says Fulton County Fire Chief Larry Few. “I invite all residents to come out for our Community Day to speak to with us and other Fulton County departments to learn ways they can improve safety in their homes.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
- Having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half, on average each year.
- Three out of five home fire deaths result in fires where there are either no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- In one-quarter (23 percent) of the home fire deaths smoke alarms were present but did not sound.
- Installing smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Testing all smoke alarms every month by using the test button.
- Replacing all smoke alarms every 10 years or sooner if they don’t respond properly when tested.
Fulton County residents are encouraged to visit their local fire station during Fire Prevention Week to learn more about what steps they can take to prevent fires. For more information about Fulton County Fire Rescue Department events, call (404) 612-5700 or visit http://www.fultoncountyga.gov/fcfrd-about. Follow them on Twitter @FCFRD.