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Smoke detector safety

More than 4,000 Americans die each year in fires, and about 20,000 are injured. Many of them might be alive today if they had had a smoke detector in their home. 

Did you know?

Eighty-two percent of fire deaths occur in the home.

Having a working smoke detector reduces your chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent.

Nearly one-third of residential fires and two-fifths of residential fire fatalities occur in houses with no smoke detectors.

Livesaving tips

  • Place a smoke detector on every level of your home and outside bedrooms. If you keep your bedroom doors closed, place a smoke detector in each bedroom.
  • Check smoke detectors monthly by pushing the test button. If you cannot reach the button easily, use a broom handle.
  • Change the batteries in your smoke detectors at least once a year, perhaps when you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time and Standard Time.
  • Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do - leave the building immediately by crawling low under the smoke - when they hear it sound.
  • If cook smoke sets off the alarm, do not disable it. Turn on the range fan, open a window, and wave a towel near the alarm.
  • Do not remove the batteries to put in other appliances.
  • Smoke detectors wear out over time. Replace yours if it is 10 years old or more.
  • Consider installing a 10-year lithium battery-powered smoke detector, which is sealed so it cannot be tampered with or opened.
  • Hard-wired smoke detectors with battery back-ups need to be tested monthly and batteries replaced yearly.

Free smoke detector program

As part of the Signal All Family to Exit (S.A.F.E.) program, Volusia County Fire Services is offering free smoke detectors to residents in unincorporated Volusia County.

The purpose of the S.A.F.E. program is to provide every resident in unincorporated Volusia County with a home smoke detector. A fire crew will visit the resident’s home and locate the appropriate place for the detector. The homeowner then is responsible for installation.

After the initial visit, the crew will return to the residence at a later time to make sure the detector was installed correctly and functions properly.

To request a free smoke detector, please fill out the form.

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