Saturday, November 3, 2012

Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

Lakeside, CA - 

It's that time of the year again. When we set our clocks back one hour tonight to Pacific Standard Time, it is also time to change the batteries in our smoke detectors.

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in residential fires in half.  Thousands are injured and killed each year from home fires. Overall, almost 66 percent of home fire deaths in this country occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Considering that residential fire deaths peak in winter months, it’s critical to check and change your smoke alarm batteries each and every fall.

The National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code recommends a minimum of one smoke alarm on each level of a home, including the basement, one inside each bedroom and one outside each sleeping area. Homes should also have at least one working carbon monoxide alarm on each level of a home, including the basement and one outside each sleeping area.

Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast.Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

For more information on smoke alarms, click HERE.

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District.

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