by Jim Buell, 2nd Assistant Chief, Shelburne Fire Dept.
Fire Prevention Week continues through Oct. 15. This year’s theme deals with replacing your smoke detectors every 10 years. They do have a shelf life and do wear out – remember, they are “on duty” 24/7/365! Take time to keep your family safe and ensure that all your smoke and CO detectors are working.
- Change the batteries.
- Look at the manufacture date on the back. Is it 10 years old or older? If so, it is time to replace the detectors (look for photoelectric ones). Make sure you know how old your detectors are.
- Install a smoke detector in every bedroom, and then one in each floor of your home.
- Develop and practice a home escape plan. Put this together as a family—everyone should know two ways out of every room, two ways out of the house, and where your family meeting place is.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the station at (802) 985-2366. Leave a message and someone will get back to you. Be safe and remember…
Fire prevention/safety isn’t just one week of the year, but all 52!