Testing Smoke Detectors
The Public Education Division encourages residents to be fire-smart by testing their smoke detectors regularly and changing the batteries at least twice a year. An easy way to remember is to change your batteries when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time, in the Spring and in the Fall. Carbon Monoxide Detectors and combination detectors should also be tested regularly to ensure that they are in working condition. For further information regarding our smoke detector awareness program, contact the Public Education Division at 630-823-5800.
Home Fire Escape Plans
It’s 2 a.m. and you are suddenly awaken by the smoke detector. You can smell smoke, and you children are asleep in the rooms down the hall. Do you know what to do next? Every family should have, and practice routinely, a home fire escape plan.
A well designed, and well practiced, fire escape plan gives your family members a distinct advantage in escaping your home safely in the event of a fire. Creating a fire escape plan is simple. All family members should be included in the process, and it only requires a few minutes of practice each month.