When clocks change for daylight saving, change smoke detector batteries

When clocks change for daylight saving, change smoke detector batteries

When clocks change for daylight saving, change smoke detector batteries

Working smoke alarms should be placed inside each bedroom and outside sleeping areas, with at least one alarm on each level of the home, the association added.

"Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths".

The American Red Cross runs a "Turn and Test" campaign each Daylight Saving Time, to encourage people to think about home fire safety.

Kansas Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen stresses the importance of replacing outdated smoke alarms with newer models featuring 10-year sealed lithium batteries.

"By making sure the smoke alarms are working in your home, you could protect your family from a tragic incident", said Merriman.

And they should be checked at least twice a year, with the beginning and ending of daylight saving acting as a good reminder of the task.

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But that's not all, you should also check the manufacture date on the back.

Note that some smoke and CO alarm manufacturers recommend specific brands of batteries; if possible, avoid affordable brands. Having smoke alarms in a home cuts the risk of death from a fire in half. Replace the smoke alarm (or battery) immediately if the device doesn't respond properly when tested. Also, nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in structures without working smoke alarms.

Aesoph says after a decade, the reliability of a smoke alarm drops significantly.

Kenton Firefighter Gabe Sutton dropped by the morning show yesterday to remind us that when we spring our clocks ahead, we should spring some new batteries in our smoke detectors too.

They also say don't forget about carbon monoxide detectors and any other safety devices this weekend, "Today" reported. If that alarm chirps, replace only the battery. If the CO alarm sounds, leave your home immediately, and call 9-1-1.

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