Every year hundreds of families are effected by household fires. Making sure your home is equipped with smoke alarms, flashlights, and other household items is essential for a safe home.  We've partnered up with the team at Batteries Plus to provide with you some simple tips to keep your family and home safe in the event of a fire. Text the word 'BATTERY" to 89000 for a free 9V battery, courtesy of Batteries Plus. Also, by texting to 89000 you will automatically be entered a contest to win a $500 gift card!

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Smoke alarms are the best resource for the early detection of a fire in your home and help save thousands of lives. Fires can occur in many ways and in any room of your home. But no matter where or how the fire starts, the smoke alarm is your first step towards safety. A smoke alarm should be installed and maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions. In general you should place alarms in the center of a ceiling or, if you place them on a wall, they should be 6 to 12 inches below the ceiling.

Here is a great instructional video to help you install smoke detectors if you have never installed them before:

Make sure to instal smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. Many fatal fires begin late at night or early in the morning, so the U.S. Fire Administration recommends installing smoke alarms both inside bedrooms and in connecting hallways.

 

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