Firefighters advocate changing smoke alarm batteries at clock-changing time

The change from Daylight Savings Time back to Standard Time just occurred, and with that the Elkin Fire Department wanted to remind everyone that clocks were not the only things due to be changed when Nov.1 came and went. Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with replaceable batteries should have those batteries changed twice a year as well, and doing so at the same time that citizens move their clocks back serves as a good reminder of this important step.

“A home fire impacts the life of an American family every 85 seconds,” said Elkin Capt. Theresa Knops. By providing an early warning and critical extra seconds to escape, smoke alarms cut in half your family’s risk of dying in a home fire — but only if they work.

In addition to changing smoke alarm batteries this weekend, the United States Fire Administration recommended following these simple steps to protect life, loved ones, and 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.

• Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, and both inside and outside of sleeping areas.

• For the best protection, equip your home with a combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor alarms.

• Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout your home so that when one sounds, they all sound. Interconnected alarms are available at most stores that sell smoke alarms.

• Make sure everyone in your home understands the warning of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.

Firefighters can provide and install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors free of charge to Elkin residents. For more information on this service, contact Knops at 336-794-6481.

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