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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Safety First Day of the Month - Test your Smoke Alarm

Safety First Day of the Month - Test your Smoke Alarm

Today is March 1, 2012, and being as it is the first day of the month, it is time to perform the most basic function in ensuring you, your family and loved ones are protected by a working smoke alarm.

On the first day of every month the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department will remind you to test your smoke alarm to ensure it is working.

Push the “test” button on the front cover of your wall/ceiling mounted smoke alarm.

An audible warning tone should be heard loud and clear throughout the area it is located.

• If your smoke alarm does not emit a sound when tested:

1. Provide a fresh battery to the smoke alarm and re-test.

2. Still no audible warning?? Replace the smoke alarm with a new one immediately.

When testing your smoke alarm, it’s a good time to gather your family and allow them to hear the audible warning signal. Let them know what to do in the event they hear the warning, discuss two ways out of every room and designate a safe meeting place outside in the event of a fire or other emergency.

If you have any questions about fire safety, escape planning or smoke alarms contact our Safety First program at 301-864-SAFE (7233) or complete the on-line request form by clicking here.

On Sunday, March 11, 2012, we will move our clocks forward one hour to reflect Daylight Saving Time.  This is a good time to provide a fresh battery to your smoke alarm.  "Change Your Clock - Change Your Battery"
We are looking forward to providing additional fire safety and smoke alarm information on the first of next month. Until then, remember, “Safety First – Everyone Goes Home.”

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