Have you checked your smoke detectors?
Test Smoke Alarms
Smoke detectors are one of the most important items in your home when it comes to your family's safety. These early warning devices can alert you and your family to fire and dangerous smoke while there is still time to evacuate.
What Needs To Be Done
Smoke alarms need to be periodically tested to ensure proper function.
Why Do It?
Electronic devices are not infallible. Batteries die, and other parts of the smoke detector can wear out over time. Regular testing can help ensure that your family will be safe in the event of a fire in your home.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month, and batteries should be replaced at least twice a year. One good way to remember to do this is to change your batteries when you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time—when you "spring forward" and "fall back." Review your user manual to confirm frequency; you may need to check more often if any of the following apply:
Battery-powered: This type is most susceptible to bad and worn-out batteries. Monthly testing is critical. Remember never to put old batteries into your smoke detector.
Hard-wired: Hardwired detectors are powered by your home electrical system, but they usually have back-up batteries so the device can remain operational in a power outage. Hardwired smoke detectors still require regular monthly testing to ensure that both batteries and parts are functioning properly
How To Do It
You should always check the manufacturer's instructions on the proper method of testing your smoke alarm. But, in general, most battery-powered and hardwired smoke alarms can be tested in the following way:
Step 1. Alert family members that you will be testing the alarm. Smoke detectors have a high-pitched alarm that may frighten small children. Be sure to warn your family that you plan to test the alarms to avoid frightening anyone.
Step 2. Station a family member at the furthest point away from the alarm. This is critical to make sure that someone in the furthest reaches of your home can still hear the smoke detector. You may want to install extra detectors in areas where the alarm's sound is low, muffled or weak
Press and hold the smoke detector's test button.
Step 3. Press and hold the test button on the smoke detector. It can take a few seconds to begin, but a loud, ear-piercing siren should emanate from the smoke detector while the button is depressed. If the sound is weak or nonexistent, replace your batteries. If it has been more than six months since you last replaced the batteries (whether your detector is battery-powered or hardwired), replace them now regardless of the test result, and test the new batteries one final time to ensure proper functioning. You should also look at your smoke detector to make sure there's no dust or other substance blocking its grates, which can prevent it from working even if the batteries are new.
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Special Board of Director's Meeting
The Durham Highway Fire Protection Association Board of Directors will have a special meeting to discuss annual audit results and new medical insurance plans for 2016 for full-time employees with the Durham Highway Fire Department. This meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Durham Highway Fire Department located at 11905 Norwood Road, Raleigh, NC 27613.
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Notice - A Special Meeting is called for members of the Durham Highway Fire Protection Association, Inc., to be held on Monday, September 14, 2015, at 7:00 PM, at the Durham Highway Fire Department, 11905 Norwood Road, Raleigh, NC, 27613, phone 919-676-4187. This Special Meeting is called to discuss and vote on proposed amendments to the Articles of Incorporation and By-laws regarding Board Governance to comply with recently passed Senate Bill 99. A copy or summary of the amendment is located here and here for review. A copy of Senate Bill 99 is located here.
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