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Fire and Life Safety Tips
Listed below are a few simple steps that you can take in your own home to ensure the safety of yourself and the ones you love.
The City of Golden Fire Department also offers a number of Fire Safety Programs to help you and the ones you love stay safe, and know what to do in any emergency.
If you are interested in setting up an appointment or have questions regarding any Public Safety or Education program, contact the Fire Inspector at (303) 215-8886.
Install Smoke Alarms on Every Level of Your Home
Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, including the basement and family room and, most important, outside all bedrooms. Alarms should be mounted high on the walls (4 to 12 inches from ceiling), ceilings (positioned 4 inches away from the nearest wall), or vaulted ceilings (mounted at highest point of ceiling). Replace alarms every ten years. Please visit Smoke Alarm Safety Tips for more information on installing and maintaining smoke alarms.
Change Your Smoke Alarm & CO Alarm Batteries
The Golden Fire Department and fire experts nationwide encourage people to change smoke alarm and CO alarm batteries at least annually. An easy way to remember to change your batteries is when you turn your clock back in the fall. Replace old batteries with fresh, high quality alkaline batteries, such as Energizer brand batteries, to keep your smoke alarm going year-long.
Check Your Smoke Alarms & CO Alarm
After inserting a fresh battery in your smoke alarm and CO alarm, check to make sure the smoke alarm and CO alarm each is working by pushing the test button. Then test them both every month.
Vacuum Your Smoke Alarms & CO Alarm
Each month clean your smoke alarms and CO alarm of dust and cobwebs to ensure their sensitivity.
Change Your Flashlight Batteries
To make sure your emergency flashlights work when you need them, use high-quality alkaline batteries. Note: Keep a working flashlight near your bed, in the kitchen, basement and family room, and use it to signal for help in the event of a fire.
Install Fire Extinguishers
Install a fire extinguisher in or near your kitchen and know how to use it. Should you need to purchase one, the Golden Fire Department recommends a multi-or all-purpose fire extinguisher that is listed by an accredited testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratory. Visit Fire Extinguisher Tips for more information on installing and maintaining fire extinguishers.
Plan and Practice Your Escape
Create at least two different escape routes out of every room in the home (first is usually a door, second is usually a window). The escape routes should be unobstructed and easy-to-use exits. Also, a central meeting place outside of the home should be established. The escape plan should be practiced with all members of the household at least twice a year. Children are at double the risk of dying in a home fire because they often become scared and confused during fires. Make sure your children understand that a smoke detector signals a home fire and that they recognize its alarm.
Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery
Energizer brand Batteries, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the Golden Fire Department urge you to adopt a simple, potentially lifesaving habit: change the batteries in your smoke detector and CO alarm when you change your clocks back to standard time in the fall.
Consider The Following:
- Each day, an average of three kids die in home fires – 1,100 children each year. About 3,600 children are injured in house fires each year. 90 percent of child fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke detectors.
- Although smoke detectors are in 92 percent of American homes, nearly one-third don’t work because of old or missing batteries.
- A working smoke detector reduces the risk of dying in a home fire by nearly half.