According to the National Fire Protection Association, half of all home fires occur during the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., during the time when most people are asleep. If you have working smoke alarms in your home, your chances of dying in a fire are cut in half. Be sure to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside of each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. People who are hearing impaired should install special alarms with strobe lights and bed shakers. And don't forget to change your alarm batteries twice a year. A good rule of thumb is to change them in the fall and spring when the time changes.
If you are in need of smoke alarms but can't afford to purchase them, and you live in the unincorporated area of the County, you may qualify for Nassau County Fires Rescue's Free Smoke Alarm Program. Simply fill out the attached application and return it to Nassau County Fire/Rescue Headquarters located at 96161 Nassau Place, Yulee, FL 32097. If accepted, Fire Inspector Jerry Marrison will contact you to schedule a date and time for installation. For questions, you may contact Mr. Marrison at (904) 491-7525 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last but not least, be sure that each member of your household understands the meaning of the alarm and how to evacuate safety. The National Fire Prevention Week's website provides a variety of facts about fire prevention, tips on how to make learning about fire prevention fun for your children, and quizzes to test your knowledge.
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