4634 Wilkesboro Hwy, Statesville, NC 28625 | (704) 876-2779 |
Smoke Detector Information
A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you are awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.
Smoke Detector Maintenance
Always follow the manufactures guidelines, or as a general rule:
Test detectors monthly, replace batteries twice a year (unless powered by a 10-year lithium battery), Replace after 10 years.
Central Fire Department does offer a smoke detector program where firefighters will come to your home and check detectors and may provide detectors if needed.
Carbon Monoxide Information
◦ If your carbon monoxide detector alarms…do not hesitate, go outside and call 911.
◦ Carbon Monoxide (CO) is the number one cause of poisoning deaths in the United States, killing more than 3,800 individuals annually.
◦ CO is a colorless, odorless gas. Because you cannot see, taste or smell it, CO can kill you before you know it is there. Symptoms of CO poisoning include flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, and breathing difficulties.
◦ CO is a byproduct of incomplete combustion of fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil, wood, or coal. Common causes of carbon monoxide poisoning include; malfunctioning appliances, furnaces, stoves, ovens, water heaters, charcoal grills, and motor vehicles.
How to Protect Yourself
You should have a UL approved battery operated carbon monoxide alarm on each level of your home. Batteries should be checked monthly and batteries replaced when you change your clocks.
To protect your family have a qualified professional check all fuel burning appliances, furnaces, venting and chimney systems at least once a year or as recommended by the manufacturer.