Test smoke alarms as Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend

Marie Harrington
March 11, 2018

Eureka., Ca (KIEM)- This weekend we will be setting our clocks forward an hour for daylight savings.And since you will be changing the time on your clocks it might be time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms.

The La Crosse Fire Department says the bi-annual time changes are a good reminder to also change the batteries in smoke and other risky gas detectors.

Smoke alarms should be placed inside and outside each bedroom or sleeping area; half of home fire deaths occur during sleeping hours and the early morning.

Firefighters in Lethbridge responded to over 120 calls in 2017 when smoke detectors warned residents to leave their homes and call 911.

March 11 marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. Typically, smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years and carbon monoxide alarms every seven years.

The Davenport Fire Department is encouraging citizens to change the batteries in smoke alarms and verify that the smoke alarms are working.

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"Smoke alarms are the single most importance appliance found in every home", FASNY President Ken Pienkowski said in a statement.

If you have an alarm with a removable battery, be sure to check the batteries every six months, and change the batteries every year. They must be replaced 10 years from the "born on" date. Alarms should also be dusted and vacuumed.

Install smoke alarms. If someone doesn't have smoke alarms, install them. "Unfortunately, we still see fires that result in tragedy from the absence of smoke alarms or improper upkeep of them". The campaign is about bringing and installing smoke alarms to any home that needs one in Montgomery and Selma.

"Develop and practice an escape plan for the family that has two ways out in case of fire", said Sehlmeyer. If that alarm chirps, replace only the battery. Interconnect the alarms so that when one sounds, they all sound.

And if your smoke alarm has reached the seven-year mark, the fire department recommends you replace the smoke alarm with a newer model.

Landlords are required by law to install, maintain and test alarms at least annually and whenever there is a change in tenancy.

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