Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department - Edinburg, Texas









 Change your Batteries 

Sunday, November 7, 2010
Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors when you change your clocks to make sure that your family has the critical time needed to escape if there is a fire in your home.

Most home fires occur at night when people are sleeping. Rather than awakening you as many people believe, the smoke and toxic gases generated by a fire actually cause you to sleep more deeply. A working smoke detector can double a person's chances of surviving a fire by providing the extra time that is critical for safe escape.

Nationally, more than 90 percent of all homes have smoke detectors, but it is estimated that one-third of those don't work because of old or missing batteries.

Related Information:
CPSC Warns: Millions of Americans Have Smoke Alarms that Don't Work


 Fire Related Product Recalls
CPSC/USFA Product Recalls & Advisories
The U.S. Fire Administration provides a listing of fire related consumer product recalls & advisories from 1997 to present.  
   See Fire Related Recalls

La Comisión de Seguridad de Productos del Consumidor
La CPSC, es una entidad reglamentaria federal, que protege al público contra riesgos irrazonables, lesiones y muertes asociadas con productos de consumo.
    El Mundo Hispano de la CPSC



Offices Located at Central Station
212 West McIntyre Street 
Edinburg,  Texas 78539
Ph. 956-292-2000 FAX 956-289-1853

 Install. Inspect. Protect.

The United States Fire Administration offers a few helpful tips on smoke alarms and sprinklers:

Place properly installed and maintained smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas and on every level of your home.

Interconnected smoke alarms are best, because if one sounds, they all sound.

Get smoke alarms that can sound fast.  The U.S. Fire Administration recommends that every residence and place where people sleep be equipped with both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors.

Inspect and test smoke alarms monthly and change alkaline batteries at least once every year, or as instructed. You can use a date you already know, like your birthday or when you change your clocks as a reminder.

If possible, install residential fire sprinklers in your home.

Avoid painting or covering the fire sprinkler, because that will affect the sensitivity to heat.


More Info...
Will your smoke alarms work when you need them? Read NFPA´s fact sheet for information, as well as installation and maintenance tips




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Revised: November 04, 2010