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NEWS | Oct. 7, 2015

Smoke detectors help keep families safe

By Tony Rice 628th Civil Engineering Squadron/Fire Department

Keep your family safe with a working smoke alarm in every bedroom.

Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?

Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!

When it comes to smoke alarms, it's about "location, location, location".

The key message of this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 4-10, is to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of your home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms.

Smoke alarms should also be tested monthly and the batteries changed during daylight saving time. This year, Daylight Savings ends on Sunday, November 1, 2015.

We would also like to invite everybody to come out and join us for this year's Fire Prevention Week activities at the Air Base BX on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 and at the Weapons Station NEX on Thursday, October 8, 2015. Both events will take place from 1100-1800. We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information, please contact the Joint Base Charleston Fire Prevention office at: 963-3121 on the Air Base and 794-7808 at the Weapons Station.