MICHIGAN - Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 9-15 in Michigan.
The theme for this year is "Don't Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years."
Many people are unaware that smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years, or do not maintain working alarms in their homes.
According to the National Fire Protection Association in the United States, three out of every five fire deaths result from homes completely without smoke alarms, or with smoke alarms that are not working properly. State Fire Marshall Julie Secontine says to check the manufacture date on the bottom or side of the alarms, and replace them if they are more than 10 years old.
Officials also say you should test your fire alarms monthly by using the test button, and replace the batteries every year, or when the alarm begins to chirp.
There should be an alarm in all of a home's bedrooms, outside each sleeping area, and on each floor of a home.
You should also have a fire escape plan in place in case of a fire emergency. It can take less than 3 minutes for a house to be engulfed in flames, so any confusion or hesitation can be deadly.
Here are some tips for making a fire escape plan:
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