Smoke alarms are a key part of any home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms provide an early warning so that individuals can get outside quickly. Below are a few educational and safety tips from the Mason Fire Department for smoke alarm use:
- A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home including the basement. Smoke alarms should be interconnected – meaning that when one alarm in the house sounds, they all sound.
- Larger homes may need extra smoke alarms.
- The Mason Fire Department strongly encourages residents to test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
- Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions yet mitigate false alarms.
- A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall.
- When placing a smoke alarm near the kitchen be sure that it is at least 10 feet from the stove. Doing so will help prevent false alarms.
- Special alarms are available for those individuals that are deaf or hard of hearing. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers to alert individuals of the danger.
- Smoke alarms should be replaced approximately every 10 years.
The City of Mason Fire Department is committed to community safety. As a result of COVID-19 the Fire Department will not be going door to door for smoke alarm public education this year. Instead, residents are encouraged to join the Fire Department at one of Mason’s parks throughout the month of October to learn more about smoke alarms. The Mason Fire Department will be providing, at no cost, smoke alarms to participants. The Fire Department will be at the following locations between 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- Saturday, October 17 at Thomas P. Quinn Park
- Sunday, October 18 at Sundin Fields at Heritage Oak Park
- Saturday, October 24 at Sundin Fields at Heritage Oak Park
- Sunday, October 25 at Meadows Park
If you have any questions regarding smoke alarm safety or general fire prevention inquiries, please contact the Mason Fire Department at 513.229.8540 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.