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October 5-11 is Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in fires in half by giving you time to escape deadly smoke and flames. For more information, visit

Smoke Alarms Provide Early Warning
Smoke alarms provide early warning to danger. In Massachusetts in 2013, four people died in fires while they slept. It is important to have and practice a home escape plan to be able to get everyone out quickly and safely in a fire.

Protect Your Family at Home: Install and Maintain Smoke Alarms
Almost half of all fire deaths occur in one- and two-family homes where in many cases there were no working smoke alarms. Take the simple step of making sure there are working smoke alarms on every level of the home and outside each sleeping area. Consider installing smoke alarms inside bedrooms, especially for smokers or heavy sleepers. Test smoke alarms monthly; replace alkaline batteries twice a year, when we change our clocks. Replace all smoke alarms that are ten years old.

Protect Your Family at Home: Install and Maintain Smoke Alarms

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Fires in Massachusetts
No one thinks fire will happen to them, yet according to data from the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System (MFIRS), there were 31,229 fires reported in Massachusetts during 2012 causing 39 civilian deaths, 322 civilian injuries, 531 fire service injuries and an estimated $257 million in property damage.

Winning Teen Video on Smoke Alarms
Check out this video created by students from Melrose High School that won first place in the Department of Fire Services’ 2013-14 YouTube™ Video Contest.

Important Additional Resources for the Public and Fire Educators:

Call 1-877-9NO-FIRE to reach the Public Education Hotline in the Division of Fire Safety.