Check Smoke Alarms When The Clocks Spring Ahead

Frederick Owens
March 11, 2018

"In order for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to do their job, they need to have working batteries".

"The batteries should be changed periodically and a good way to remember is that is to do it when you change your clocks", said Trego in a press release. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not from the date of purchase). Make sure everyone in your home knows the best escape route and an alternate escape route and practice it often.

Anyone can walk into a store and purchase a smoke alarm for as little as $10. So far this year, Red Cross volunteers have responded to more than 12,500 home fires, and tragically, in some of these cases, lives have been lost.

Both state and national data reflect that many fatal fires occur at night while the victims are sleeping. But the smoke detector is just one part of the equation. Working smoke alarms are required on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas.

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Smoke alarms should not be installed near a windowbecause drafts could interfere with their operation. Replace the smoke alarm (or battery) immediately if the device doesn't respond properly when tested. Working smoke alarms increase the chances of survival by 50 percent.

Statistics show three out of five home fire deaths result from homes with no smoke alarm. When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected or dead.

Clocks will spring ahead an hour this weekend, and local emergency responders want you to take the time to also change the batteries in smoke detectors. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.

"We actually go out into the community and we'll do for an example a full mobile home in a day". The instructions are included in the package or can be found on the internet. Having smoke alarms in a home cuts the risk of death from a fire in half.

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