Reminder given to change smoke detector batteries - and clocks, too

Reminder given to change smoke detector batteries - and clocks, too

As the Daylight Savings Time change approaches March 11, the Henry County Fire Department wants to remind residents to make a lifesaving change by changing the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

On Sunday, our clocks spring forward one hour to Daylight Saving Time. "As Daylight Saving Time begins, we encourage citizens to change the batteries in their smoke alarms if necessary and check the age of these important devices".

In 2017, twenty-six percent of fire fatalities in Washington State occurred in homes with missing smoke alarms or smoke alarms that failed to work.

No matter what type of smoke alarms are used in a home, they should be tested monthly - including hard-wired units connected to the home's electrical system.

FASNY says that any alarms or detectors that are more than 10 years old should be replaced. "If you have a two bedroom home we'll put in two detectors in the rooms and one in the hallway", says Guetschow. "Practicing your home fire escape plan with your family all in the same weekend is a great way to keep your loved ones safe".

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Smoke detectors are getting "more efficient" as well, says Yancey.

"Also, we will install smoke alarms in homes particular in at risk populations". If the alarm chirps, a warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away. Replace the batteries every year.

Use this as a reminder to push the test button on the alarm.

Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn't respond properly when tested.

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