Did you know, three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.
Here are a few tips...
Choose interconnected smoke alarms, so when one sounds, they all sound.
Put smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Put alarms on every level of the home.
Make sure your smoke alarms work. Your family is not safe if they can't hear the smoke alarms.
Test smoke alarms every month and replace 9-volt smoke alarm batteries at least once every year.
Smoke alarms do not last forever. Get new smoke alarms every 10 years.
When you hear a smoke alarm, you may have less than 2 minutes to get everyone outside and safe.
Your firefighters are more than happy to assist you with replacing your smoke alarm batteries*. You will know that it is time to replace them when you hear a beep about every 30-60 seconds. As we all know, this usually happens about 2 o'clock in the morning.
If you need any assistance with replacing your batteries, you can call either one of our fire stations during normal business hours (8am-5pm) to schedule it with them. If you live in the Southern part of the city, please call Station 95 at 352-429-1209, and if you live in the Northern part of the city, please call Station 94 at 352-242-4908.
*Please make sure to have a new battery for EACH smoke alarm prior to our arrival.