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September 25, 2013
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Chief's Corner: Importance of smoke alarm safety at home

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.

Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

Larger homes may need additional smoke alarms to provide enough protection. For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms so when one sounds they all sound.

Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least10 feet (3 meters) from a cooking appliance.

Remember to test your smoke alarms once a month, change the batteries twice a year and replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

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Sierra Sun Updated Sep 25, 2013 06:43PM Published Sep 25, 2013 02:31PM Copyright 2013 Sierra Sun. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.