Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

Change Clocks: Change Smoke Alarm Batteries

Change Clocks: Change Smoke Alarm Batteries

Daylight Saving Time is a good time to keep in mind to change the batteries in residential smoke alarms.

The Charlottesville Fire Department reminds you that Sunday, March 12th begins daylight savings time.

If you don't know exactly how old your smoke alarms are, you should replace them just to be safe.

More than 95 percent of US homes have at least one smoke detector installed inside them, but most homeowners remain unaware of the different kinds of sensors available and their effectiveness, reports the U.S National Fire Protection Association.

Also, it's a good time to check the batteries in your home's smoke detectors. The Cranston Fire Department and Red Cross volunteers will visit homes this Monday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.as part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign. When one alarm sounds, they all sound. She said houses built before 1985 usually have battery-operated alarms while those built after usually have electrically wired alarms.

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Install smoke alarms. If someone doesn't have smoke alarms, they should install them.

"This is the time of year we see an increase in reports of unauthorized individuals selling alarm systems in the area", Chaney said. If the smoke alarms in the home are working, their order is free. "The test button only confirms that the battery, electronics, and alert system are working; it doesn't mean that the smoke sensor is working". According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the answer is likely yes: NFPA research shows that most American homes have at least one. "So smoke alarms are cheap assurance and the only early warning device you'll have". "Not knowing how often smoke alarms need to be replaced - or that they even have an expiration date - are among them".

Brock said he very seldom sees serious injuries in homes or businesses where there are working smoke detectors. Ionization smoke alarms can be suitable for the kitchen, however.

If your home is outfitted with a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage, a carbon monoxide detector must be installed outside all sleeping areas. If you have no detectors in your home, this would be a great time to install them.

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