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Change your Clocks, Check your Smoke Detectors
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By Chief Justin Myers
March 7, 2024

When you spring forward one hour, check to make sure your smoke alarms are working!

When replacing a battery, follow manufacturer’s list of batteries on the back of the alarm or manufacturer’s instructions. Manufacturer’s instructions are specific to the batteries (brand and model) that must be used. The smoke alarm may not work properly if a different kind of battery is used. Detectors should be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. Smoke detectors should be placed on the ceiling or high on a wall in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

To maintain smoke detectors with 10-year lithium-ion batteries, it is recommended to use a vacuum or compressed air to clean the chamber as needed. If the unit chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke detector. Smoke detectors with any other type of battery source (ex. 9-volt) require a new battery at least once a year. If the smoke detector chirps, warning that the battery is low, be sure to replace the battery immediately. Regardless of the battery source, ALL smoke detectors shall be replaced every 10 years.

Did you know in a home fire, you could have less than 2 minutes to escape once the smoke detector sounds? When testing your smoke detector this weekend, use this time as an opportunity to create and practice your family’s home escape plan. Draw a map of your home, including all doors and windows, with everyone in the home present. Locate two ways out of every room. Discuss your plan as a family and choose a safe meeting place outdoors in front of your home to meet in the event of a fire. Once the plan is in place, push the test button to sound the smoke detector, and start your family home fire drill. It is critical that all residents and guests are prepared to leave immediately in the event of fire!

Hyperlinks: NFPA Smoke Alarm Information
Alpha Smoke Alarm Program
 

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