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FIRE PREVENTION WEEK OCT. 3-9; HELPFUL HINTS FOR HOME FIRE SAFETY

 CHICAGO, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, more than 450,000 fires occur annually in homes across the country, and home fires claim the lives of nearly 4,500 Americans every year.
 Most people take precautions against the threat of fire, but almost ALL homeowners fall short of complete protection. National Fire Prevention Week, which this year begins Oct. 3, is an ideal time to re-evaluate your own fire safety activities.
 One way homeowners attempt to protect themselves is by installing smoke detectors. However, unless the alarms are placed properly and maintained, the devices may not perform their life-saving role.
 "It's impossible to guess where a fire will begin. However, installing the detectors in appropriate areas of the house can help provide optimum protection," says Tom Russo, president of Fyrnetics, Inc., manufacturer of Lifesaver Smoke Alarms.
 To ensure that your smoke alarms are properly placed, follow these guidelines recommended by Fyrnetics:
 -- Locate one or more smoke alarms on each level of the home, including the basement.
 -- Place smoke alarms in each bedroom, since most fires occur during sleeping hours.
 -- For stairways and exists or in hallways, install smoke alarms with a safety light that flashes on when the alarm sounds.
 Although an estimated 85 percent of American homes contain smoke alarms, as many as one third of the devices are inoperable due to careless maintenance. "It takes a conscious effort to keep the device functioning properly," says Russo. "Proper maintenance is essential to ensure the unit will activate when fire strikes."
 To keep your smoke alarm in ideal working condition follow these simple guidelines:
 -- Test your smoke alarm weekly. Most alarms feature an easy-to use test button.
 -- Never disconnect or move the unit due to "nuisance" false alarms, such as those caused by kitchen, fireplace or cigarette smoke. Instead, install a detector equipped with a silencing mechanism. For example, Lifesaver Smoke Alarms feature a Hush button that silences the alarm for up to seven minutes. In case of dense smoke, the Hush control will override and sound the alarm.
 -- Replace batteries annually. Many manufacturers suggest that you install a new battery when you change the clocks in the fall or spring.
 -- Never paint your smoke alarm. Paint will clog the smoke entry openings and can disrupt internal circuitry.
 -0- 9/22/93
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Tom Russo is available for interviews by calling the contact below/
 /CONTACT: Annette Fernholz or Gary Goodfriend of DeFrancesco/Goodfriend, 312-644-4409, for Tom Russo/


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