Time to replace the batteries in smoke alarms: fire department
People in the province are being reminded that Daylight Savings Time returns to standard time at 2 a.m. Sunday.
Daylight Savings Time returns to standard time at 2 a.m. Sunday. — file photo
With the clocks being turned back an hour, the St. John’s Regional Fire Department says it is a good time for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to replace batteries in their smoke alarms.
A news release notes the majority of residential fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and working smoke alarms provide early warning so people can get outside quickly.
The department urges everyone to have properly installed smoke alarms in their homes to reduce fire deaths and injuries.
Some tips include:
• Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement;
• Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from a cooking appliance;
• For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms so when one sounds they all sound;
• When you change your clocks, change the batteries in your smoke detectors and CO detectors;
• If an alarm “chirps”, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away. If this persists, change the detector.
“Smoke alarms provide early warning and facilitate a safe evacuation from the home in the event of a fire,” said Capt. Gary Power, acting Fire Prevention Officer.
“As an added safety feature, CO detectors are recommended whenever fossil fuel burning appliances are being used (i.e., oil, propane and wood). When you reset your clocks this weekend, take time to replace your detectors’ batteries and use the test buttons to ensure they are functioning properly. Should the safety device malfunction, have it replaced immediately!”