Tioga County Public Health Department: Check your smoke alarms!


The Tioga County Public Health Department is reminding residents to check their smoke alarms.

According to a press release from the health department, properly installed and maintained smoke alarms play an important role in reducing injury and death from house fires. Smoke travels fast during a fire, and smoke alarms help give you time to get you and your loved ones to safety. However, for smoke alarms to do their job, they need to be properly maintained. This means making sure your fire alarm’s battery is working properly. Smoke alarms should be checked at least once a month by pressing the test button to make sure the alarm is working.
Smoke Alarm Reminders:
• Smoke alarms should be installed in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area.
• Alarms should be installed on every level of the home. Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
• When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside, and stay outside.
• Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
According to the United States Fire Administration, fires caused by cooking, heating, and open flame increase during the winter holidays.
Fire Prevention:
• Keep flammable items away from heat sources (oven, stove, fireplace, etc.).
• Clean up greasy spills as you go to remove another fire hazard.
• If you have a live Christmas tree, be sure to water it every day.
• Don’t plug in more than 3 light strands to one another (use a power cord instead), discard any strands that are  worn or broken, and always unplug lights (and blow out candles!) before leaving the house or going to bed.
• If using a menorah or kinara, place it on a non-flammable surface to catch the melting candle wax, such as a tray lined with aluminum foil.

Through the American Red Cross’s Home Fire Campaign, FREE smoke alarms may be available in your community, for more information please call 607-442-4109.