Fire Department Urges Folks to Check Smoke Detectors

Daylight Saving Time an Opportunity to Check on Smoke, Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Reminder: Change clock and check alarm batteries this weekend

If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.

When a smoke alarm sounds, get out of the home immediately and go to your pre-planned meeting place to call 911.

Note that some smoke and CO alarm manufacturers recommend specific brands of batteries; if possible, avoid low-priced brands.

Through inspection programs, through public education or people calling in, the fire department will urge that those smoke alarms be changed as soon as possible. "Approximately two-thirds of all fire deaths occur in homes where there are no working smoke alarms". Some residences don't have any smoke detectors at all.

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Test alarms at least once a month by using the test button. "They may have still tested positively but you want to make sure you have a little bit newer technology", says Guetschow. Do NOT disable the unit.

Remember, even alarms that are hard-wired into your home electrical system need to have their battery back-ups maintained in case of electrical power outage. They add that that smoke detectors should be in hallways that lead to sleeping areas, basements and on every level of homes. As of February 2018, the Red Cross and partners have saved almost 350 lives and have installed more than 1 million free smoke alarms as part of this campaign. If your family doesn't have a plan, this is a good time to develop one.

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for testing smoke alarms and replacing the batteries.

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