Crime Prevention Tips of the Week (1/22/2021) | News – City of Boise
Cooking, heating, electrical, smoking and candles are our big five causes for fires. As the weather gets colder, there are even more fire risks inside of your home. In the winter months, heating becomes an even bigger issue, with the increased use of:
- Wood stoves and fireplaces
- Improper disposal of ashes
- Heated blankets
- Heat furnaces
- Space heaters
Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- Test your smoke detectors every month. For hard to reach units, use a broom handle or stick to press the test button.
- Replace batteries once a year. Use daylight savings time as your reminder. “Change your clocks… change your batteries.” If the low-battery signal begins to chirp, replace the battery immediately.
- Keep it clean. Vacuum the outside covers periodically to remove dust and dirt particles.
- Replace your smoke detectors every 5-10 years. Consider budgeting more money up front to purchase new detectors with a built in ten-year battery. If you are not sure how old your smoke detectors are, it is best to replace them immediately.
- For more smoke alarm and fire prevention tips click here.