Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That\u2019s the message behind the 2014 Fire Prevention Week campaign, \u201cWorking Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month,\u201d from Oct. 5 to 11. The Shelton Fire Department \u2014 consisting of the Echo Hose, Huntington, Pine Rock Park and White Hills volunteer fire companies \u2014 is currently involved in various fire safety activities that will continue through October. These programs are part of an effort to reduce the chances of residents being injured or killed by fire in addition to preserving property. Shelton has experienced its share of fire tragedy, with one death in 2013. Together with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Shelton Fire Department is working to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly. Cut the chance of dying in half According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. In a fire, seconds count, emphasized Ted Pisciotta, Shelton assistant chief for fire prevention. Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., when most people are asleep. Smoke alarms in the home can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out. In conjunction with making every effort to prevent a fire from ever happening, be prepared by maintaining working smoke alarms throughout the entire home. Tips to be safe Follow these tips for making sure smoke alarms are in place and working properly: \u2014 Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. \u2014 Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do. \u2014 Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button. \u2014 Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old, or sooner if they don\u2019t respond properly. \u2014 Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it. \u2014 If an alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away. \u2014 Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they are 10 years old (or sooner) if they do not respond properly when tested. \u2014 Never remove or disable a smoke alarm. Chief Pisciotta is encouraging businesses, organizations, and individuals throughout the city to visit the Fire Prevention Bureau website, which may be found by clicking on \u201cPublic Safety\u201d at www.cityofshelton.org. Easy to print and post fire safety tips are available. In addition, information may be copied and pasted by visitors into newsletters, etc.