Protect your family three ways (NAPS)â€”A few simple steps can help reduce the risk that your loved ones will be injured in your house. 1. Be sure your home is adequately protected by smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. For the best protection, smoke alarms should be interconnected, so that they all sound if one sounds. You can now interconnect battery-operated alarms by wireless technology. Combination devices that include both ionization and photoelectric alarms offer the most comprehensive protection. An ionization alarm is more responsive to flames, while a photoelectric alarm is more responsive to a smoldering fire. Once the alarms are installed properly, be sure to test them monthly and replace the batteries once a year or anytime an alarm â€œchirpsâ€? or â€œbeepsâ€? to indicate low batteries. In any case, smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
open, so a standard plug can make contact with the receptacle contact points. Without this synchronized pressure, the cover plates remain closed.
3. Give your home a check-up. To reduce your risk, 2. Childproof. If children live in or visit your house, you your outlets, extension cords, appliances and light should know that every day, nearly seven youngsters bulbs all need to be safely inspected, installed, utilized are treated in hospital emergency rooms for electrical and maintained. shock or burn injuries caused by tampering with a wall Learn How outlet. Fortunately, tamper-resistant receptacles (TRRs) To help you identify and remedy any electrical hazcan replace standard outlets to protect children from ards in your home, the Electrical Safety Foundation Ininjury. ternational has a variety of resources that can show you They include a built-in shutter system that keeps for- how to protect your home and loved ones. Visit eign objects out. When equal pressure is applied si- www.esfi.org to view and download these materials multaneously to both sides, the receptacle cover plates free of charge.
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