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St. John's Fire Department updates smoke alarm program

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The St. John's Fire and Rescue Department will be utilizing updated technology while conducting their Citizen SAFE program. The St. John's Fire and Rescue Department will be utilizing updated technology while conducting their Citizen SAFE program.
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The St. John's Fire and Rescue Department will be utilizing updated technology while conducting their Citizen SAFE program. 

The St. John's Fire and Rescue Department Citizen SAFE (Smoke Alarm and Fire Education) is a door-to-door proactive program where firefighters offer to check residential smoke alarms, install new smoke alarms and batteries, offer to conduct a home safety survey, and ensure residential homes are properly addressed free of charge. The program is conducted on the first and third Saturday of each month.

SECTION 5-25-1310 of the South Carolina Code of Laws requires smoke detectors for one-family and two-family dwellings, including manufactured housing.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and most smoke alarm manufacturers recommend that smoke alarms are to be installed on each floor of a home, in each bedroom, and outside of sleeping areas. Standard smoke alarms activate only in the area where the smoke is detected. 

Smoke must reach other alarms before they activate. An example is if there is smoke in a hallway, only the smoke alarm in the hallway will activate.  In order for the smoke alarms to active in other areas, smoke must enter the room, reducing the time for escape. 

The St. John's Fire and Rescue Department Fire Prevention Division has upgraded to wireless smoke alarms. The wireless alarms "speak" to each other through radio frequencies, much like hard-wired smoke alarms in newer homes. In the same scenario mentioned above the smoke alarm that activates in the hallway will also activate the smoke alarms in near-by rooms before smoke reaches the sleeping occupants.

Along with young children and older adults, hearing impaired citizens present a unique challenge when it comes to early warning if a fire occurs, especially if they are sleeping. The St. John's Fire District will also be installing hearing impaired smoke alarms for those citizens in need.  Hearing impaired smoke alarms use visual and movement devices to alert hearing impaired citizens.  

The St. John's Fire and Rescue Department Fire Prevention Division will be demonstrating both types of smoke alarms on June 20th at 12:30 pm.  The location of the demonstration will be at St. John's Fire Station 7, 1142 Main Road John's Island, SC.

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