How to Survive a Fire and CO Emergency

February 26, 2015 |

smoke alarmsThis is an alarming trend in South Arlington.  During this past year, South Arlington has experienced three fatal house fires, claiming five lives. The best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family is to have a working smoke detector. The alkaline batteries in smoke detectors  should be changed twice a year, each time you change your clocks.

If you find this task challenging, there is another option. Smoke detectors, which have a 10-year life, can now be purchased with a lithium battery that will last the life of the detector. If you are not sure how old your detector is, you can find the date on the backside of the detector. If the date is not there and it looks yellow or tan and you think it was white before, it probably needs replaced.

Winter is also the season for increased carbon monoxide poisonings. If you have gas or oil appliances or an attached garage, stay safe by ensuring you have a working carbon monoxide detector(s).

News brief on fire that killed a mother and her child: CLICK HERE

Reference for installing and maintaining smoke and CO detectors:

Smoke Alarms

Carbon Monoxide


Free home safety checks are available by calling your local fire station, 703-228-0105.  For AHCA more information can be found by CLICKING HERE


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