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The WFFD operates independently from the City of West Fargo. The Fire Department has a self governing body and generates its income through contracts with area townships and the City of West Fargo. Currently the WFFD operates as a combination fire department, which means it has three full time employees and 42 volunteers.
About eight-to-ten years, after which they should be replaced. Like most electrical devices, smoke alarms wear out. You may want to write the purchase date with a marker on the inside of your unit. That way, you’ll know when to replace it. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for replacement.
Then it’s doing its job. Do not disable your smoke alarm if it alarms due to cooking or other non-fire causes. You may not remember to put the batteries back in the alarm after cooking. Instead, clear the air by waving a towel near the alarm, leaving the batteries in place. The alarm may have to be moved to a new location.
Smoke alarms are very easy to take care of. There are two steps to remember:
- Simply replace the batteries at least once a year. Tip: Pick a holiday or your birthday and replace the batteries each year on that day. Some smoke alarms now on the market come with a ten-year battery. These alarms are designed to be replaced as a whole unit, thus avoiding the need for battery replacement. If your smoke alarm starts making a “chirping” noise, replace the batteries and retest it.
- Keep them clean. Dust and debris can interfere with their operation, so vacuum over and around your smoke alarm regularly.
No. In most cases, all you will need is a screwdriver. Many brands are self-adhesive and will automatically stick to the wall or ceiling where they are placed. However, be sure to follow the directions from the manufacturer because each brand is different. If you are uncomfortable standing on a ladder, ask a relative or friend for help. Some fire departments will actually install a smoke alarm in your home for you. Call your local fire department (again, on a non-emergency telephone number) if you have problems installing a smoke alarm.
Many hardware, home supply or general merchandise stores carry smoke alarms. If you are unsure where to buy one in your community, call your local fire department (on a non-emergency telephone number) and they will provide you with some suggestions. Some fire departments offer smoke alarms for little or not cost.
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. Many fatal fires begin late at night or in the early morning. For extra safety, install smoke alarms both inside and outside sleeping areas.
Also, smoke alarms should be installed on the ceiling or above eye level on the walls. Since smoke and many deadly gases rise, installing your smoke alarms at the proper level will provide you with the earliest warning possible. Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
In the event of a fire, a smoke alarm can save your life and those of your loved ones. They are the single most important means of preventing house and apartment fire fatalities by providing and early warning signal – so you and your family can escape. Smoke alarms are one of the best safety features you can buy and install to protect yourself, your family, and your home.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas and it can be deadly if appliances are not operating efficiently. Some symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoining would be: headaches, nausea, feeling tired (fatigue), flu-like symptoms. If you have any of these symptoms or your detector goes off, leave the area immediately and call 911. For peace of mind, you may call the West Fargo Fire Department for a carbon monoxide level check. There is no charge for this service.
The recommendation is to place the detector in a room where you spend the majority of your time, such as a living room. Most detectors sold today are the electric style and need to be plugged into an outlet. With this in mind, place the detector towards the middle of the wall away from vents. Some areas to stay away from when placing detectors: furnace rooms, near gas fire places, near entry doors from garages. Since carbon monoxide is always in the air at safe levels, false readings will occur if placed in areas where these gas appliances are operating. Carbon monoxide gas will disperse evenly throughout your home with the air conditioner or gas furnace running. We recommend at least one carbon monoxide detector in your home; however, you may have more than one but keep the proper placement in mind.