Fire Department Urges Folks to Check Smoke Detectors

Daylight Saving Time an Opportunity to Check on Smoke, Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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.

It's time to spring ahead and gain an hour of light in the evening. "We urge everyone to not only change their batteries when they change their clocks but also set a reminder to test their alarms once every month".

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.

This includes smoke alarms that use 10-year batteries and/or are hard-wired.

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In addition to providing free smoke alarm installations and education, the Red Cross is also looking for volunteers to help install smoke alarms for this event and in their community throughout the year. Date each unit when is it installed and replace it after 10 years or sooner if it does not successfully sound the alarm when the test button is pressed. If your family doesn't have a plan, this is a good time to develop one. If you can not reach the button easily, use a broom handle.

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

"If alarms have removable batteries, those batteries should be replaced", a press release from FASNY said Friday. If the alarm chirps, a warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away. If someone doesn't have smoke alarms, install them. Then practice the plan at least two times a year.

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