Henry County FD: change your clock, change your battery

11 March, 2018, 01:27 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Volunteers are needed to install smoke alarms during a March 24 event on the Island

Homes should have a working smoke alarm on every level of the house, including the basement, and one in every bedroom.

These detectors often have expiration dates and should be replaced at least every ten years.

Smoke detectors are getting "more efficient" as well, says Yancey.

"Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are really important safety products", Southold Fire Chief Jim Rich said this week. There are around 1,000 fires on the Island of Montreal every year, and about 10 of them are fatal. Since you can not replace the lithium battery, replace the entire smoke alarm according to the alarm instruct ions.

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for testing smoke alarms and replacing the batteries.

In 2017, approximately 94 residential fires in Georgia resulted in 112 deaths.

Anyone who doesn't have working smoke alarms is advised to contact the American Red Cross at 844-216-8286 to schedule an appointment for a free installation.

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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.

"The simple act of changing the batteries in your alarms at least once a year is the most effective way to keep your family safe".

Practice an escape plan: Make sure everyone living in the home knows how to get out in less than two minutes. If that alarm chirps, replace only the battery.

Sound the Alarm is part of the ongoing Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, launched in 2014 and already credited with saving 381 lives across the country.

No matter what type of smoke alarms are used in a home, they should be tested monthly - including hard-wired units connected to the home's electrical system.

This also would be great time for families to sit down and create a home escape plan.

Courtesy of the State Fire Marshal's website.

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