March 21, 2018

Spring forward and test your smoke alarms

10 March 2018, 01:30 | Lena Norman

Change batteries when you 'spring ahead' this weekend

Daylight Saving Time an Opportunity to Check on Smoke, Carbon Monoxide Detectors

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) -This Sunday, when you set your clock forward one hour, do not forget to check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Fulton County Fire Coordinator Steven Santa Maria is asking everyone to get ready to spring forward for daylight saving time.

We're reminded to turn our clocks ahead an hour when we go to bed Saturday night. Officials also recommend changing your smoke alarm batteries twice a year. Windsor fire investigators are crediting working smoke alarms for alerting the six sleeping occupants of a house on Rankin Avenue that had a fire on Thursday morning.

No matter what type of smoke alarms are used in a home, they should be tested monthly - including hard-wired units connected to the home's electrical system. They add that that smoke detectors should be in hallways that lead to sleeping areas, basements and on every level of homes.

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The change back to Daylight Saving Time is happening this weekend, which is also an opportunity to check on live-saving equipment in resident's homes.

"Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths".

Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond. If you can not reach the button easily, use a broom handle.

Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn't respond properly when tested. Replace the batteries every year. Then practice the plan at least two times a year.

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