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Lombard Fire Department reminds residents to check smoke alarms during Fire Prevention Week 2014

Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fi re. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Preven- tion Week campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

Along with fi refi ghters and safety advocates nationwide, Lombard Fire Department is joining forces with the non- profi t National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5 to Oct. 11 to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.

According to the latest NFPA re- search, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fi re in half. Mean- while, almost two-thirds of home fi re deaths resulted from fi res in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. In a fi re, seconds count. Roughly half of home fi re deaths result from fi res reported at night between 11

p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fi re before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:

Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

• • Interconnect all smoke alarms

throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.

Test alarms at least monthly by

pushing the test button. •

Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.

Make sure everyone living in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

The Lombard Fire Department will be hosting an Open House during Fire Prevention Week to promote “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!” The Open House will be 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Fire Station 1, 50 E. St. Charles Rd. Lombard.

Through this educational, family-ori- ented activity, residents can learn more about the importance of working smoke alarms and testing them monthly. To fi nd out more about Fire Prevention

Week programs and activities in Lom- bard, please contact the Lombard Fire Prevention Bureau at (630) 620-5750. To learn more about smoke alarms

and “Working Smoke Alarms Saves Lives,” visit NFPA’s website at www. fi

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