Fire Prevention & Education
 

Comstock Township Fire & Rescue

8700 East Michigan Avenue, Galesburg, MI 49053

269-381-0804


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Firefighters know the importance of home fire safety. That's why

It’s Fire Prevention Week — help us sound the alarm that

working smoke alarms save lives.



Did you know that many people don’t test their smoke alarms as often as they should? When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. You need working smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Test yours every month! 



Check Your Smoke Alarms!

After inserting fresh batteries in your Smoke Alarm, make sure  the Alarm is working by activating the safety test button. Your  Fire Marshal recommends that you test all of your Smoke Alarms  at least once each month. If you have any doubt regarding the  working condition of a Smoke Alarm, we recommend you replace  it.


Count Your Smoke Alarms!

You should have a properly functioning Smoke Alarm in every  sleeping room -and- in the hallway directly adjacent to those  rooms. If sleeping rooms are on an upper level, a Smoke Alarm  needs to be installed in the center of the ceiling directly above  the interior stairway.  It's best to have at least one working Smoke Alarm on every level  of your home, including the basement and family room. To assure optimal protection and avoid false alarms, your Smoke Alarm must be mounted properly. You'll find simple instructions included with every Smoke Alarm you purchase.


Clean Your Smoke Alarms!

Help your Smoke Alarm remain sensitive and ready to protect  you by gently using a vacuum cleaner once a month to remove  dust and cobwebs. If your Smoke Alarms have been accidentally  painted or contaminated, replacement may be necessary.


To best protect your home and family, we also suggest...  Retire your old Smoke Alarms! Smoke Alarms work every minute of every day. After millions of sensing cycles, they should be retired. Replace your Smoke Alarms with new devices at least every 10 years.  Plan and Practice Your Escape! Children are at increased risk of dying in a home fire because  they often become scared and confused when a fire erupts.  Make sure your children recognize the sound of your home's Smoke Alarm and teach them to respond instinctively to its  signal.


Create at least two different escape routes from every room and  practice them with the entire family. Be sure all family members  know the lifesaving practice of crawling below the dangerously  thick smoke and intense heat of a fire.  All capable members of the family must learn how to open  windows and remove screens. Purchase, plan and practice using  a collapsible emergency escape ladder that can be stored inside,  near upper floor windows. Realism is essential in your family's  practice, as is your clear designation of a meeting place for  everyone to gather outside the home in case of a fire or other  emergency. Remember, this may be the only practice and  discussion you will have before tragedy strikes!  When a fire occurs, don't delay! Get out quick and stay out!!  Escape first, closing doors behind you if possible. Quickly gather  at your meeting place and then notify the Fire Department by  calling 9-1-1 from a safe location.  Your Firefighters are specially trained and equipped to rescue  your family and pets, as well as to protect your possessions.  Help your Firefighters by remaining together outside the home  and directing them to endangered family or valuables.  Install Fire Extinguishers! Install at least one fire extinguisher in or near your kitchen and  know how to use it. We recommend multi- or all-purpose fire  extinguishers that are listed by and carry the mark of an  accredited testing agency such as Underwriters Laboratory.  Read all instructions carefully and mount the fire extinguishers  for easy access. Make sure adult members of your family know  the proper use as well as the limitations of these important fire

safety tools!



We hope this simple list of tips from the Comstock Township Fire Department will help keep your family safe.


Please  remember:


Fire Prevention -- is  EVERYONES  job!



Fire Prevention Week

October 5 - 11,  2014