Fire Prevention Week: “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – It could happen to anyone.

A fire starts in your home and it’s engulfed in a matter of minutes.

While knowing how to react to a fire is crucial, preventing one is important too.

The smoke alarm has been part of the Fire Prevention Week theme for the last three years.

Honey Creek Fire Public Information Officer Josh Sittler makes it clear why.

He says, “In the Wabash Valley Community, there’s been people that have died because they didn’t have a working smoke detector, and that may have made the difference in them making it out of that house alive.

In fact, three out of five home fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

There may be more maintenance for them than you think.

Sittler says, “It’s good to replace the batteries every year. You just don’t know when it’s going to go out, and you don’t want it to happen when there’s a fire in your house.”

The National Fire Protection Association says you should replace your smoke detector every ten years.

There is a manufacture date on the back of the smoke detector to see when that ten year mark will come around.

Sittler also advises, “If you’re cooking your food and your smoke detector may go off, if you do take the battery out or take it down, make sure you put it back up.”

Say your smoke detector is in working order, what else can you do to keep your family safe?

Sittler says, “When you’re cooking, make sure you have your handles properly. Make sure you don’t leave something on the stove and leave it alone. Make sure you don’t have candles left burning. Check your electrical components. Make sure you don’t have frayed wires.”

A little extra time and common sense could save a life.

The National Fire Protection Association has great information to share about fire prevention.

You can find that by clicking here.

The Honey Creek Fire Department says if you’re unable to afford a smoke detector, to contact them and they will provide you with one.

Their number is 812-299-4902.

Local fire departments will also be celebrating the end of Fire Prevention Week with a parade.

It is scheduled for Saturday, October 15th starting at 6p.m.

It will be held in West Terre Haute.

There, you can meet with local firefighters, as well as Sparky the Fire Dog.