This is Fire Prevention Week and Fire Chief Jim Petrie explains this year’s theme is smoke detectors save lives. He says smoke detectors are an extremely important early warning device and they’re a life saving device and everybody should have them in their home preferably interconnected but if you can’t do that they should be battery operated and they should be tested once a month minimum. He says smoke detectors should be located in bedrooms, in hallways, in the basement, in every area of the house.
Petrie adds batteries should be changed once a year and the smoke detector should be replaced every ten years as they have a shelf life. He also says families should develop an escape plan in case of fire with a designated place to meet outside once you leave the home