Summit’s fire officials encourage residents to check their smoke and carbon monixide detectors |

Summit’s fire officials encourage residents to check their smoke and carbon monixide detectors

Summit Daily staff report

Daylight Saving Time is set to end at 2 a.m. this Sunday, and Summit County’s fire departments are encouraging citizens to take the opportunity to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when they change their clocks.

“We want to remind residents that one easy step can help save their lives and the lives of those around them,” said Chief Jeff Berino, Summit Fire & EMS. “Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.”

Officials say that even smoke detectors that are hard wired into the home’s electrical supply typically have a backup battery in case of a power outage, which also needs to be replaced. Both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be placed on every level of the home, as well as inside every bedroom, and should be replaced every 10 or five years respectively.

Most home fire fatalities occur between 11 p.m. and 7 p.m., when most families are sleeping, and about 66 percent of them occur in homes without working smoke detectors. In addition to changing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire officials are encouraging families to plan and practice a home-escape plan with a pre-established meeting place for reunification after evacuating the home.

“Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths,” said Chief Jim Keating, of Red, White & Blue. “Smoke detectors have been proven time and again to be the single most important life-saving device in your home.”

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