Campaign Offering Free Smoke Detectors Aims to Keep St. Louis Residents Safe
It’s getting chillier across Missouri and, for many, that means it’s time to crank up the heat or stoke the fire. During this time of year, it’s important to remember the dangers fires and heating systems can pose.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, roughly 30 percent of all fires break out in a residence and around 13 percent of those fires are caused by a heating malfunction. These infernos result in thousands of citizens suffering Missouri fire and burn injuries each year.
One of the best ways to prevent injuries from a house fire is to have smoke detectors installed throughout your home. A detector should be installed in the kitchen, and detectors should also be within 10-feet of every bedroom in your home.
If you don’t have smoke detectors installed in your home, there’s an option to receive units for your residence at no cost. KMOV 4 News reports that the St. Louis Fire Department is offering free units to all regional residents who cannot afford to purchase smoke detectors for their homes.
Once you have smoke detectors installed, the St. Louis personal injury lawyers at Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers encourage you to regularly check the batteries on each unit to ensure proper function. Experts say the batteries on a smoke detector should be changed at least once every six months.
We hope this information helps to keep you and your loved ones safe as cooler weather approaches!