Home safety alarms save lives. For example, a smoke alarm can detect small amounts of smoke. This can give you time to escape from a fire. And a carbon monoxide alarm can let you know about this deadly gas before it starts to make you sick. It's important to have both kinds of alarms near all the sleeping areas and on each level of your home.
You can buy alarms with different features. For example, if you have a smoke alarm that is set off by steam or cooking smoke, you can buy one with a hush alarm. This lets you push a button that turns off the alarm and makes it less sensitive for a short time.
If you put in new alarms, look for long-life alarms with lithium batteries. You may also want to look for ones that can detect both smoke and carbon monoxide.
In a newer home, alarms are wired in by an electrician. This type of alarm is electric, with a backup battery.
Your local fire department can give you more information on how to prevent fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. They can also help you make a fire escape plan, use fire safety devices, and provide first-aid.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have questions about how to use a home safety alarm.
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Current as of: July 29, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & R. Steven Tharratt, MD, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine
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