Consider this your semiannual reminder to check the clocks before bedtime Saturday night, as it’s time to spring forward once again. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 11th and Suffolk Fire & Rescue remind you to not only change your clock for Daylight Saving Time this weekend, but the batteries in your smoke alarms, too.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. This reinforces how important it is to take this time each year to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
“Saving your life can be as simple as changing your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries at least twice a year, and any time you hear the “chirp” warning of a low battery,” says Lieutenant Chuck Chapin, Fire Marshal.
Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.
Manufacturers recommend replacing the entire smoke detector if it’s more than 10 years old. For the best protection, equip your home with a combination of both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms. Make sure everyone in your home understands the warning of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond. Finally, prepare and practice an escape plan so that you and your loved ones can get out of your home safely should there be a fire. Plan to meet in the front yard in a place where first responders can easily see you.
Wondering how to safely dispose of those replaced smoke alarm batteries? Look no further than your Suffolk Public Library, with convenient recycle containers at all local branches.
For more information on home fire safety, or to request assistance with checking smoke detectors and batteries, please contact the Suffolk Fire & Rescue Department at 757-514-4550, or email email@example.com.