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Smoke Detectors
Install. Inspect. Protect. Smoke Alarms Save Lives 

Smoke Detectors
Most fatal house fires start at night when residents are asleep inside. Although many people mistakenly believe that if their house caught fire, the smoke would wake them, that is not always the case. Poisonous gases from the fire can numb the senses, putting persons asleep inside into an even deeper sleep.

Smoke alarms may wake you up sooner, allowing you extra time to escape, thereby cutting your risk of dying in a house fire in half.

For minimum protection, a smoke alarm should be placed outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. The Garden City Residental Code requires a smoke alarm to be placed in each sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms. On each additional story of the dwelling, including basement of any newly constructed one and two family dwellings. Since smoke rises, alarms should be mounted high on the wall (4"-12" from the ceiling) or on the ceiling. Smoke alarms should not be installed too close to windows, doors, or forced-air registers, where drafts could interfere with their operation.

Once installed, it is equally important to change the batteries regularly. Smoke alarms should also be cleaned at least once a year, since dust or cobwebs can decrease the device's smoke sensitivity.

Being awakened by a smoke detector is not enough. You and your family should develop an escape plan, with two possible escape routes from each room, so everyone knows what to do if there is a fire.

For additional information, contact the Garden City Fire Department at (620) 276-1140


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