Officials focus on working smoke alarms for Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week - Part 1

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - October 5-11 is National Fire Prevention Week and fire officials across the country, as well as those around the Capital Region, are reinforcing the importance of working smoke alarms.

"This year's theme is 'Working smoke alarms saves lives, test yours every day,'" said Curt Monte with the Baton Rouge Fire Department. "Three out of five fire deaths - those three did not have working fire detectors in their homes, so it more than doubles your chance of survival."

In addition to having a working smoke alarm, Monte said proper maintenance is key in preventing fire related injuries in the home.

"Every smoke detector will have a test button and you want to just take your finger, like you said, not a stick or a broom and you hold the button down. We usually advise that you test weekly. You'll hear a sound and that lets you know you have a working smoke detector," Monte explained.

Monte also said completely swapping out smoke detectors 10 years from the manufacture date and changing the battery twice a year helps with proper maintenance.

"We usually say to change your batteries when you set your clocks for Daylight Saving Time," Monte added.

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