Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 11. After you turn the clocks forward, take a few minutes to check all smoke alarms in the home by “sounding the alarm!”
Working smoke alarms save lives! According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Remember to install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside of each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Follow these smoke alarm safety tips:
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
- Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
- If a smoke alarm requires a 9-volt battery, replace it at least once a year.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are ten years old.
Remember, if the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Respond quickly – get up and go. Once outside, go to your family meeting place.
Media Contact: Randy Smith, Deputy Fire Marshal | Phone: (217) 403-7212