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Monday, September 1, 2014

Safety First Day of the Month - September

Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
Mebrady@co.pg.md.us.    @pgfdpio

September 1 is our Safety First Day of the Month.  It is the day we have designated for everyone to test the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and ensure they are working.  This includes 10-year alarms, you still need to test them once a month.

Push the test button the the cover of your alarm.

If you hear an audible warning than you are done until next month.

If you do not hear the warning beeps after pushing your test button, replace battery and re-test.  Still no warning beeps heard than replace the entire alarm with a 10-year, tamper proof, with hush feature alarm.

If your current smoke/CO alarm is 10 years old or more.  Replace the old alarm with a new 10-year alarm.

Remember to place an alarm on every level of your home and make sure an alarm is located in sleeping areas.

Our law requiring 10-year alarms to replace 9-volt battery powered alarms goes into effect January 1, 2015.

Finally, it is difficult for some of our neighbors to reach up high enough to test or change their smoke alarms.  Be a good neighbor and offer to help neighbors test their alarm.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives!!!

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