Okay it is about that time of year, don’t forget to turn your clocks forward one hour before going to bed on Saturday, March 9, 2019. And I know you have all heard it but don’t forget to test, check and change the batteries in your smoke detectors. This is a very important thing because if your home catches fire it is the first line of defense to notify anyone in the home that there is a problem. Smoke Alarms help to reduce fire deaths and injuries every day. Statistics from the US Fire Administration show that in 2017 there were 1,319,500 fires which attributed to 3,400 deaths, 14,670 injuries and $23 Billion in losses. So even if you think oh I don’t need to do that, you should think twice because it saves lives.
Other items to think about with Smoke Alarms –
If possible interconnected smoke alarms are a big benefit. With these if one alarm goes off they all go off.
How large is your home? Do you have enough smoke alarms for your home? Can you ever have too many? It’s best to have at least one each floor of your home and in every sleeping room.
Testing your smoke alarms monthly is an even better option. It’s always great to know they are functioning properly.
How long has the smoke alarm been in your home? It is recommended that you replace them at least every 10 years. To help to know when the alarm was installed a good tip is to write the date or at least the month and year on the inside with a permanent marker. That way you always know how long the alarm has been in use.
Combined Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors are great additions to prevent not only fire but deadly gases building up in your home.
If you can't afford smoke alarms, contact your local fire department for help and resources to find free or lower cost alarms.
You can visit this website for additional information on Smoke Alarms and other items - https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Smoke-alarms. It is the National Fire Protection Association and has a lot of beneficial tips and help. So “SPRING” your clocks forward and don’t forget to test those smoke alarms.
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