But is it really that important, or is it just another cute reminder from your local Fire Department? Here are some fascinating but sobering facts…
|Did you know…? SMOKE DETECTORS · 2 out of 3 fire deaths are in homes with non functioning smoke alarms· In the US 62% of home fire deaths resulted from home fires with inoperable or no smoke alarms· 38% of total fire injuries occurred in homes with no smoke alarms· In reported home fires with inoperable alarms, 50% had missing, disconnected, or dead batteries
· A home fire impacts the life of an American family every 85 seconds
· On average, you have less than 3 minutes from the 1rst smoke alarm sounds to escape – try that with a family of 10 at 3am
· The LFD receives a relatively high number of faulty detector calls
· Smoke alarms provide an early warning and critical extra seconds to escape – but only if they work!
· Most if not all of the above is preventable!
|CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS· Known as The invisible killer, CO is colorless & odorless· Effects adults and children differently, if your detector goes off check on your children and/or the elderly· If your CO alarm goes off DON’T assume anything!· There are numerous potential CO sources, not just your stove or oven
· Sources: kitchen range or vent, water heater pipes, furnace, dryer, heaters, attached garage, neighboring apartments
· Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security, while most of the time it’s “nothing”, when something does happen it can be deadly. ALWAYS be diligent.
· Standard smoke alarms don’t detect carbon monoxide
· 35 million people are still at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Are you one of them?
Check out the following home safety tips… and put them to practical use!
· Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly to make sure they are working
· Have at least one working smoke alarm on each level of your home
· Install one carbon monoxide detector in a central location outside each separate sleeping area
· IF YOUR DETECTOR GOES OFF, FIND OUT WHY! DON’T ASSUME ANYTHING!
· Carbon monoxide detectors are NOT substitutes for smoke alarms, they are NOT interchangeable
· Never disconnect your smoke alarms and/or CO alarms – no matter how “annoying” they are!
· Do NOT rely on your sense of smell to alert you, by then it may be too late
· If your detectors are more than 10 years old they need to be replaced, not just the batteries
· 30 seconds and a 9 volt battery can save your life
Calling on Shabbos and Yomim Tovim
· Even when in doubt, if there is a chance of danger, one should call the appropriate authorities
· Now is not the time for debating P’sak Halacha
· Never hesitate to call. Even when unsure. Don’t wait until it’s too late!
· A safer choice for Yom Tov cooking is an electrical burner, which can be placed on the stove itself and be utilized with a timer