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Fire safety tips

Only working smoke alarms can save your life

The theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week, held Oct. 5-11, is “Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Week.” In light of this theme, we offer a list of tips from the Office of the Fire Marshall on smoke alarms and the importance of ensuring the smoke alarm is functioning properly.

  • Do not remove the battery from a smoke alarm if it activates from cooking or steam from the shower. Instead, try moving the alarm to a different location, or install a smoke alarm with a hush feature that will temporarily silence the alarm.
  • Install smoke alarms according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The fire service also recommends installing smoke alarms in all bedrooms.
  • Test smoke alarms every week using the test button.
  • Replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, and whenever the low-battery warning chirps. (For visual smoke alarms, there is no visual cue to indicate a low battery. As such, it’s recommended that batteries in visual smoke alarms be changed when the clocks change in the Spring and Fall).
  • Replace old smoke alarms with new ones if they are more than 10 years old.

For more information about smoke alarms, visit the Office of the Fire Marshall website at or contact your local fire department.

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