By Angelica Rodriguez SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)- Firefighters’ warning is simple and clear: “Don’t wait, check the Date!”
Residential fires may cause the highest percentage of fire deaths and injuries than any other fires, but Firefighters say this could potentially change if people use their smoke alarms correctly.
“This is very important because this is the first aid defense in case a fire happens and you don’t know about it,” said the Vice president of the Onondaga Hill Fire Department Matthew Oleynik.
During Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15th), Firefighters around the country have urged people to change their smoke detectors regularly. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the smoke detectors sensors can begin to lose sensitivity around their 10th year life expectancy.
This is the third year in a row that the NFPA has campaigned the importance of smoke alarms in preventing fatalities in a fire. According to the NFPA, smoke detectors that properly work can cut the risk of dying in a residential fire in half. However, Oleynik has seen the importance of the Syracuse community being better informed about smoke alarms.
“There has been a trend were people hear a beep and think that the smoke detector doesn’t work,” said Oleynik, “when actually it only means that the device is out of battery.”
In order to not make these types of mistakes, Firefighters around the country are teaching their communities. Firefighters are trying to get the point across by hosting events and giving flyers on how to properly use a smoke detector and its importance.
Learn more about how to keep your home safe from fires.