Change the Clock & Check your Smoke Alarms!
This weekend we are “springing ahead” for daylight savings time. It is a good time to check your smoke alarms and change the batteries. In the unfortunately event of a fire, a smoke alarm can save your life and also your loved ones. Since most fatal fires occur at night, every home needs working smoke alarms to provide an early warning to escape and call the fire department.
Did you know that smoke alarms have a life span? Most of us might think that they last forever, but they don’t. The whole unit itself should be replaced every 8-10 years. To keep track of this, it is a good idea to write the date of purchase inside your alarm so you will know when to replace it.
If you have a standard battery powered smoke alarm, the batteries should be replaced twice a year. It is recommended to do this when daylight savings begins (this weekend) and when it ends in November. For hard-wired battery backup smoke alarms, the batteries need to be checked monthly and the batteries should be replaced at least once a year.
If your smoke alarm needs to be replaced keep in mind there are two types of smoke alarms:
Ionization alarms– Alarm will go off when a flaming, fast moving fire occurs.
Photoelectric alarms- are quicker at sensing smoldering, smoky fires.
We cannot predict what type of fire might start in a home, so it is recommended to install both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms.
A simple battery change in your smoke alarm can save your life and your home. Take the time to check your alarms this weekend and change the batteries. For more information on smoke alarms head to http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/alarms/