Fire Prevention Month: Every second counts
By Robb Lingley, 21st Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 17, 2017
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
Every year, October brings with it a very important and critical consideration, fire prevention. October is National Fire Prevention Month on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
Be sure, this month, to check all fire safety measures, with the most important being making sure that all smoke alarms are in peak working condition. Smoke alarms need to operate perfectly in the event of excess smoke or worse, an actual fire.
While fire alarm systems help to protect Airmen at work smoke alarms at home are critical safety measures that provide Airmen and their families protection by warning them early enough to take the necessary precautions.
Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home and installed in every bedroom. They should be tested monthly and have their batteries replaced twice a year. The smoke alarms themselves should be replaced every eight to ten years.
It’s important to have an escape plan during a fire. Seconds can mean the difference between Airmen escaping safely or having their lives end in tragedy.