ER Preparedness: Smoke Alarms and Fire Extinguishers

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Smoke alarms and fire extinguishers must be present in the home to meet quality standards.

Smoke alarms must be in each sleeping room.  Having smoke alarms only in hallways or outside sleeping rooms is not sufficient. In addition to sleeping rooms, consider having a smoke alarms on each level of the recovery house.

Fire extinguishers can save lives and property.  Fire extinguishers need to be near any cooking equipment. It’s important to understand why fire extinguisher location and correct usage are critical – so, training staff and residents must happen on a regular timetable. Many adults might not know how or when to use fire extinguishers. Fire departments can help with fire extinguisher training and answer questions that community members may have.

(LEARN MORE about Planning & Implementing a Successful Smoke Alarm Installation Program from the National Fire Protection Association HERE.)

(LEARN MORE about Choosing and Using Fire Extinguishers from the U.S. Fire Administration HERE.)