Summit Fire urges residents to check smoke detectors while changing clocks next week
Daylight saving time is quickly approaching, and Summit Fire & EMS is taking the opportunity to remind residents to check the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
“Smoke detectors are your first line of defense in case a fire occurs in your home,” said chief Jeff Berino at Summit Fire & EMS. “They have been proven time and again to save lives, and now is the time to ensure they are working properly. The biennial changing of the clocks is a great ‘string around your finger’ to replace your batteries.”
At least one smoke alarm should be placed on every level of the home, most importantly near and inside bedrooms to provide an early warning to sleeping occupants, according to Summit Fire. The department also recommends testing the audible siren while changing the batteries in your detectors, and checking to make sure the vents are clean and not clogged with dust.
Additionally, hard-wired smoke detectors that are plugged in to the home’s electrical supply usually have a nine-volt backup battery in case of power outages that should be checked as well. Detectors should be replaced about every 10 years.
Around 3,000 people die in residential fires throughout the country every year, primarily from inhalation of smoke and toxic gas while sleeping, according to Summit Fire & EMS. Properly installed and maintained smoke and carbon monoxide detectors provide an easy and inexpensive early warning system for potentially deadly fires.
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