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This Weekend: Change Clocks, Change Batteries

Friday, November 4, 2011

This weekend is Daylight Savings Time. As a reminder, when you change your clocks also be sure to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. The reason is simple--these devices save lives.

According to a report, “Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires,” published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths in 2005-2009 resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.

When it comes to smoke alarms, the NFPA recommends the following:

1. Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

2. For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms so when one sounds they all sound.

3. Use both photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms, also known as dual sensor alarms. An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires.

4. Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years or sooner if they do not respond properly when tested.

5. Test all smoke alarms at least once a month by using the test button.

For more information on smoke alarms and safety tips, visit NFPA’s website at www.nfpa.org/smokealarms.




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