Marion County Fire Rescue is reminding residents of the importance of having multiple working smoke detectors in their homes.
Approximately half of all home fire deaths occur between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. MCFR encourages all residents to “hear the beep where they sleep” by installing a working smoke detector in every bedroom.
In addition to bedrooms, a smoke detector should also be placed outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the residence, including the basement. Larger homes may require more smoke detectors.
In the event that the smoke alarm sounds, residents should immediately head outside the home and stay outside. Residents should then contact the fire department from a cellphone or a neighbor’s phone, and they should stay outside until the fire department says that it is safe to go back inside.
Smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month by pushing the ‘test’ button. All smoke detectors inside the home should be replaced when they are 10 years old or if they no longer make a sound when tested.
On its Facebook webpage, Marion County Fire Rescue stated, “Smoke detectors save lives.”