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What is the smoke alarm safety message?

The Thornton Fire Department would like to encourage you to take a few simple precautions that could save your life and the lives of those you love. More than half of all fatal home fires happen at night, when people are asleep. The sooner a sleeping person wakes up and begins to react, the greater his or her chances are of surviving a fire.

A smoke alarm can warn you and cut your risk of dying in a fire in half. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, and outside of all sleeping areas. If people in your home sleep with the door closed, as the National Fire Protection agency recommends, install interconnected alarms inside sleeping areas, as well.

Please take the time to check the batteries in your smoke alarm. Check your battery today and then monthly. Change your batteries when you change your clocks in the spring and fall. 

Smoke alarms also have a lifespan, check your unit for an expiration date.  Units usually expire after ten years.   

If you would like additional information about smoke alarms, call our Public Education Officer at 720-872-6092. For more information on the Fire Department's Public Education Programs, you can also visit the Public Education webpage.  

Updated 8/7/2020 1:58 PM
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