Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries
Sat. Mar 8th 2014

Now that you have "sprung" your clocks forward, don't forget to "start fresh" with your Smoke Detectors and CO (Carbon Monoxide) Detectors.

Even your "hard-wired" smoke detectors that are plugged into your home's electrical supply typically have a 9v backup battery to keep the detectors operating in case of a power outage. Often they will “chirp” when the batteries are dying – that means to change the batteries, don’t disconnect or disable the devices!

While changing the batteries in your smoke detectors, make sure to test the audible alarm by pushing the button; check that the vents are clean and not clogged with dust; and check the manufacture date. Typically, detectors should be replaced every 10 years.

At least one smoke alarm should be placed on every level of the home. The most important location is near the bedrooms to provide an early warning to all sleeping occupants. A smoke alarm should also be placed inside every bedroom. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to properly install a smoke alarm.

Smoke detectors, plain and simply, save lives. Every year in the United States, about 3,000 people lose their lives in residential fires. Most fire victims die from inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, not as a result of burns. Most deaths and injuries occur in fires that happen at night while the victims are asleep. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms in the home are considered one of the best and least expensive means of providing an early warning of a potentially deadly fire.

In addition to changing your smoke alarm batteries this weekend the Shelby Volunteer Fire Company recommends following these simple steps to protect your life, your loved ones and your home:

    •    Dust or vacuum smoke alarms when you change the batteries.
    •    Test alarms once a month using the test button.
    •    Replace the entire alarm if it’s more than 10 years old or doesn’t work properly when tested.
    •    Make sure everyone in your home understands the warning of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.

Finally, prepare and practice an escape plan so that you and your loved ones can get out of your home safely should there be a fire. Plan to meet in a place a safe distance from the fire and where first responders can easily see you.

 

As always the Shelby Volunteer Fire Company thanks you for your continued support in supporting us as we support and serve the community.

 

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