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Fire commissioner reminds residents to change smoke alarm batteries

Fire commissioner reminds residents to change smoke alarm batteries

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11.

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

As always during the switch to Daylight Savings Time, fire departments are reminding the public to change their smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm batteries. Non-working smoke alarms rob residents of the protective benefits home fire safety devices were created to provide.

Note that some smoke and CO alarm manufacturers recommend specific brands of batteries; if possible, avoid low-cost brands. For these alarms, replace batteries at least once a year.

You never know when working smoke alarms could be the difference between life and death for you or your family.

"Call us, if you live in Knox County, the part we serve, we'll come put them up for you, we'll change your batteries". But the smoke detector is just one part of the equation.

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

"It's important for everyone to make sure their household is ready", said Regional Director of Communications of the Alabama Red Cross Alicia Anger. "Every family should have a fire safety plan, ensuring that every family member is prepared if an emergency occurs".

The time to talk about smoke detectors is before a fire breaks out. In more than one-third of home fire deaths, no smoke alarms were present.

Remember also to check the smoke alarm device date in addition to checking the batteries. "The early warning given by smoke alarms provide you with extra time to escape, especially children and senior citizens who are most at risk and need extra seconds to get out safely".


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