Friday, March 7, 2014

CalFire press release re: Time Change, Check Smoke Alarms

San AndreasDaylight Savings time begins Sunday, March 9, 2014.  When you “spring” your clocks ahead an hour this is an excellent time to check your smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms should be:

·       Equipped with flashing lights, vibration and/or sound for anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing
·       Installed in all sleeping rooms
·       Installed in hallways that lead to sleeping areas
·       Installed in basements
·       Installed in each additional level of your home

To insure proper working order of your smoke alarm:
·       Test on a monthly basis
·       Vacuum once a year – dust and cobwebs can impair sensitivity
·       Change alkaline batteries annually
·       Replace every 10 years

For years fire officials have asked homeowners to replace batteries in their smoke alarms annually, but a recent law in California requires new smoke alarms to be equipped with a 10-year long-life lithium battery that doesn’t need to be replaced until the entire device is replaced after 10 years. It is still critical for residents to test their older alarms and replace old alkaline batteries annually.

When smoke alarms are working properly they save lives.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), two thirds of home fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.  NFPA also noted that having working smoke alarms cuts in half the risk of dying in reported home fires. 

The life you save may be your own or that of a loved one.

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