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Spring Forward, Save a Life

When you “spring forward” this weekend by changing your clocks for daylight savings time, you may also save a life by changing the batteries in your home’s smoke detectors.

Smoke alarms are one of the best safety devices you can buy and install to protect yourself, your family and your home. Having a working smoke alarm reduces your chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.

Batteries in smoke alarms should be replaced twice a year.  One easy reminder to do this is simply, “change your clock–change your batteries.”

The National Fire Safety Council recommends three steps to maintaining smoke alarms in your home.

1. Replace batteries in each smoke alarm at least twice a year or when the alarm “chirps” telling you the battery power is low.

2. Test your smoke alarm monthly. If you can’t reach the test button easily, consider using a broom handle. Never use a chair; always use a ladder. Consult the owner’s manual for your alarm to see if the button actually tests the unit’s ability to sense smoke. Some test buttons just check the alarm’s circuitry, not its sensitivity to smoke.

3. Clean your alarm. Smoke alarms have small screens around the sensing chamber that keep small bugs and dust particles out. Dust that settles on the screen can cause slow air movement. To clean, just vacuum around the outside of the alarm at least once a year. Never remove the cover.

Many  fire departments offer free smoke alarms and batteries to citizens. Check with your local emergency services if you or someone you know needs a smoke alarm or home safety plan.

For more information on protecting your life and property, contact Allen & Furr.

Resource:  National Fire Safety Council