Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries

Bonnie Johnson - Friday, November 02, 2018
Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries

From the folks over at the Marysville Fire Department: When you change your clocks, change your batteries. See below for their full release.

We’ll “fall back” to end daylight saving time this Sunday, November 4. The Marysville Fire District encourages residents to change the batteries in your smoke alarms when setting your clocks back one hour.

Three out of every five home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms, usually because batteries were missing, disconnected or dead, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Taking just a few minutes to check your smoke alarm batteries when you turn your clocks back Sunday could save your life or the life of someone you love.

Common questions about smoke alarms:

Where should I install smoke alarms in my home?

Install smoke alarms in all bedrooms, outside every sleeping area and on each level of your home for the best protection.

Why does my smoke alarm keep chirping?

If there is no smoke or fire, this usually means the smoke alarm’s batteries need replacing. That includes battery-powered smoke alarms and hardwired smoke alarms, which have a backup battery. If your smoke alarm is equipped with a 10-year lifelong battery, replace the entire smoke alarm. If you are unable to change the batteries or install a smoke alarm, contact your local fire department for help.

How do I know if it’s time to get a new smoke alarm?

At a minimum, all smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. This is because aging of electrical components can make smoke alarms less reliable over time and actually produce more false alarms. Dust and other particles can also build up and interfere with the smoke alarm’s operation. We recommend testing your smoke alarms monthly to ensure they are working properly. If a smoke alarm is 10 years old or does not function properly after replacing batteries, replace the entire alarm immediately.

 

Press release dated 11.1.18

 


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