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Get up to date smoke detectors


Marshall City Fire Department's Operation “Get Out Alive" is a program that will provide all residential homes with SMOKE DETECTORS. For those that have smoke detectors, we want to make sure they are in working order, which will include providing a new smoke detector if yours are 10 years old or older and also provide batteries if needed.

Smoke detectors are your first line of defense. Its imperative that everyone has a functional smoke detector. Most fatal fires occur in the night when you are sleeping. So many times, victims of fires did not have a warning or worse yet a dead battery or no batteries in their smoke detectors.

Please call us if you need a smoke detector or battery. Our phone number is 781-3922.


Generally, several smoke alarms are required to provide full protection: Smoke alarms should be installed on every living level of the home, inside each bedroom, and in the main corridor outside each bedroom area.

There are two basic types of smoke alarms: ionization and photo electronic. Both are effective at detecting fire, yet each has a unique detecting system. Each type of smoke alarm comes as AC- operated smoke detectors or battery-powered smoke detectors. Each type of detector, if properly installed and maintained, is effective. Since photoelectric detectors react more quickly to smoldering fires and ionization units will respond faster to flaming fires, you may wish to buy at least one unit of each or a combination of both detectors. However, because most home fires produce a mixture of smoke types with detectable amounts of large particle and small particle smoke early in the fire growth, either an ionization or a photoelectric detector will meet most needs. We will be providing ionization type to residents without any smoke detectors.

IMPORTANT- Smoke detectors are your best line of defense against fire and can cut your risk of dying in a home fire nearly in half. But a smoke detector can't save your life if it isn't working. Most household smoke detectors are battery powered and studies show that dead, disconnected, or missing batteries are the principal cause of non-working detectors.

Test your smoke detectors batteries once a month by following the manufacturers instructions. Replace any battery too weak to sound the alarm. Most detectors "chirp to alert you when their battery power is low. When you hear the warning, replace the batteries;


Smoke detectors are not recommended for use in kitchens, bathrooms, or garages- where cooking fumes, steam, or exhaust can set off the alarm when there is no fire. Yet many people simply disconnect poorly placed smoke detectors in an effort to prevent these nuisance alarms. If your home is plagued by false alarms, don't disable your detector - relocate it.

Nothing lasts forever- Smoke detectors have a life expectancy of about 10 years. Replace any detector that is more then 10 years old.

Death by fire is one of the worst imaginable ways to die. "Get Out Alive".

posted 09-30-2011 [Fire]