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Alarm Placement & Replacement PSA

Alarm Placement PSA

30-second PSA for radio:

Every three hours, someone in the U.S. dies in a home fire. And if a fire breaks out, you only have minutes to escape. Is your family prepared? The (INSERT FIRE DEPARTMENT NAME) reminds you that where you put your smoke alarms matters; install working smoke alarms on each floor, in hallways, living areas , inside all bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. The sooner you hear an alarm, the more time your family has to escape. Test alarms regularly, replace them if they’re more than 10 years old, and develop and practice an escape plan with your family. It’s these Smart Choices that could save lives.

Alarm Replacement PSA

Many home fire deaths occur due to smoke alarms that aren’t working. After 10 years, a smoke alarm has worked continuously for more than 87,000 hours. Does your cell phone, computer or even coffee maker work that long? How old is your alarm?

The (INSERT FIRE DEPARTMENT NAME) reminds you that replacing your smoke alarms matters. Replace smoke alarms every ten years. Install alarms on each floor, in living areas, and inside and outside of sleeping areas. Test all smoke alarms at least once a month, press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.

  • Topics:
    • Featured Smart Alarm Choices
  • Resource Type:
    • Public education material
  • Organizational Author:
    • Fire Life Safety Section

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