Posted October 19, 2016 | 9:48 AM

2016 Fire Prevention Week Puts Spotlight on Smoke Alarms

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What: Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Neighborhood Smoke Alarm Sweep
When: Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 11:15 a.m.
Where: Meet at Fire Station No. 20 at 7020 W. Hillsborough Ave. in Town 'N Country

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Oct. 10, 2016) - Smoke alarms save lives. In conjunction with 2016 Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-15), Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Chief Dennis Jones and a Fire Rescue team will canvas several streets in a Town 'N County neighborhood to install free smoke alarms in homes that need them.

This year's Fire Prevention Week theme is "Don't Wait, Check the Expiration Date," a reminder that smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

To find out how old a smoke alarm is, check the manufacture date on the back of the alarm. Add 10 years to that date, and that's the year it needs to be replaced.

Working alarms cut the risk of fatal home fires in half. In fact, 85 percent of all fire deaths occur in the home, and the majority happen at night when most people are sleeping. Make sure that every room used for sleeping in your home has a working fire alarm.

When smoke alarms fail to sound, it's usually because they have missing, dead, or disconnected batteries. Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

The neighborhood sweep is part of a full schedule of events that Hillsborough County Fire Rescue has planned during Fire Prevention Week to bring attention to the importance of having working smoke alarms.

Media Contact:
Michelle Van Dyke
Communications & Digital Media
(813) 272-5305




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