Sounds That Can Save Your Life In An Emergency
This week is Fire Prevention Week. You may think, why does this have anything to do with me. Well, it's easy to think that you are safe from any fire emergency, but that's not always the case, and it's best to be as best prepared as you can in case of a fire emergency.
The Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) has several tips to help you and your family save time and possibly lives in an emergency. One of the tips is to know and to understand the types of sounds from your alarms.
For example, a chirp every 30 to 60 seconds means a low battery, and it's time to replace it as soon as possible. When a smoke alarm is activated, you will hear three beeps and for a carbon monoxide detector, you will hear four beeps. It's a good idea to have both in your home, and in working order.
The FASNY suggests you replace your alarm and detector batteries once per year minimum, but many people change the batteries once every six months around time change time as a way to ensure the batteries are in working order. Once a month, you should test your alarms and detector by holding down the test button and listening for the alarm to sound.
The FASNY advises that when these alarms sound, get out of the house, call 911, and don't re-enter your home. If the alarm continues to chirp after you have replaced the batteries, that means it's time to replace it. In New York State, smoke alarms should be powered by a 10-year fire alarm that is sealed with a non-removable battery or is hardwired into your home.