Harrisonburg Fire Department reminds residents: Smoke alarms save lives

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According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms.

With that in mind and following two residential structure fires in the city in successive days, the Harrisonburg Fire Department wants
to stress to the community the criticality of working smoke alarms.

“The speed of fire is more rapid than people can imagine,” Fire Chief Matthew Tobia said. “That’s why the advance warning provided by
smoke alarms is essential to saving lives.”

In addition to having working smoke alarms, it is important to know how they function, and to plan your escape making sure every
member of your household is prepared:

  • All smoke alarms contain a battery – either as a back-up or primary power. An intermittent “beep” from the alarm means the battery needs to be replaced.
  • Draw a map showing all doors and windows.
  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible.
  • Have an outside meeting place (like a tree or mailbox).
  • Practice at least two times a year (preferably at night when most fires occur).

For assistance with free smoke alarms or questions about fire safety, Harrisonburg residents can call 540-432-7703.

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