In an effort to promote and assist in fire safety, Mifflin Township Professional Firefighters Local 2818 will replace smoke detector batteries for senior residents in nine condo and independent living complexes Gahanna next Sat., March 11 as part of their annual battery replacement program.
Senior residents are often unable to change their smoke detectors on the recommended schedule outlined by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and the US Fire Administration. This schedule recommends that all homeowners and/or renters replace smoke detector batteries at least once a year. The NFPA reports that residential fire fatalities are cut more than in half in homes that have properly functioning smoke detectors.
Knowing that there are a number of senior residents in Mifflin Township and Gahanna who are unable to meet this recommendation due to mobility or other reasons, the Professional Firefighters of 2818 partnered with Meijer of Gahanna, Batteries + Bulbs of Gahanna and the North Hamilton Home Depot to change batteries for residents if they are unable to perform the task for themselves or may not have anyone who can help.
If you are living in the Gahanna condo complex or independent senior facilities of Amberlea Village, Castle Pines Drive, Gahanna Oaks, Grey Oaks Drive, Polo Club, Timbers Drive, Windward Trace, Woods at Shagbark or Villa of Gahanna, contact your property manager or association representative to schedule a firefighter to replace your batteries.
The NFPA reminds residents that smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.
- A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home, including the basement. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
- Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
- It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
- Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
- There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn of flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn of smoldering fires. It is best to use of both in the home.
- A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove.
- People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms with strobe lights and bed shakers.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
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Mifflin Township Professional Firefighters Local 2818 represents the career firefighters, paramedics, dispatchers and fire prevention officers of the Mifflin Township Division of Fire in Gahanna, Ohio. The Mifflin Township Division of Fire provides dispatching, firefighting and emergency medical services to the unincorporated areas of Mifflin Township and the city of Gahanna.
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