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Seniors, Get your 'Free Smoke Alarms" provided by the SD Burn Institute

Mar 04, 2016 11:30PM ● By Paul Spear

Seniors, Get your 'Free Smoke Alarms" provided by the SD Burn Institute

Free Smoke Alarms for Seniors

According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) there were 369,500 house fires in America in 2013 alone, resulting in 2,755 deaths and 12,200 injuries. For seniors, the numbers become even more serious: people 65 and older are twice as likely to die in a house fire, and that rate doubles again for those older than 75.

Seconds matter when escaping a house fire, and the best way to get the warning you need is to make sure you have smoke alarms installed strategically throughout your house. In fact, fire alarms cut your chances of perishing in a house fire by 50% when they are placed appropriately.

The NFPA recommends installing smoke alarms in every bedroom, along with one outside of each sleeping area, and making sure there is a minimum of one alarm per floor of the house. But safety doesn’t stop there. It is recommended that you check your smoke alarms monthly, using the “test” button, and replace them every 10 years.

Smoke alarms can be difficult to install, which is why the Burn Institute is offering free installation for senior homeowners in San Diego County through its Senior Smoke Alarm Program. To see if you qualify for free smoke alarm installation, you can call the Burn Institute at 858-541-2277, ext. 18, or email

To find out more about the program, you can go to

Information provided by the office of Assembly Speaker Toni G Atkins!

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