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Fire Marshal: Change Batteries When Changing Clocks

Fire Marshal: Change Batteries When Changing Clocks”

Daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. Sunday, when we move our clocks ahead one hour. The Red Cross sometimes partners with local fire departments to provide free smoke detectors to those who request one in addition to providing education on home safety and escape plans.

The time change is also a good time to check smoke alarms and change the batteries.

Numerous detectors are sealed, and Barritt says they have a 10 year battery making them basically hands free.

Fire officials also say that it is also a good idea to check any carbon monoxide alarms that may be in the home twice a year when the time change occurs. "Unfortunately, we still see fires that result in tragedy from the absence of smoke alarms or improper upkeep of them". The Firemen's Association of the State of NY said batteries in the alarms should be checked on a regular basis. Do they all have working batteries?

If the manufacture date is more than 10 years old, it is recommended that the smoke alarm be replaced. It's best to hard-wire alarms into the home's electrical system interconnecting all of the alarms so that when one goes off, they all go off.

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The time to talk about smoke detectors is before a fire breaks out.

-Have an emergency exit plan in case of a fire.

Sehlmeyer urges Michiganders to ensure family members, friends and neighbors over age 60 have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes.

∫ Smoke alarm hardwired into your home's electrical system: Test the alarm each month.

Like virtually every home appliance, newer smoke and CO alarms offer tech-savvy consumers some nifty options. If a battery is starting to lose its power, the unit will usually chirp to warn you.

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