Did you keep in mind to set your clocks back?

Did you keep in mind to set your clocks back?

According to Lieutenant Dan Janecek with the Rapid City Fire department, daylight saving time is an important time of the year to check on potentially life saving appliances. "We encourage all New Yorkers to use this as a reminder to update your fire safety measures in the home, especially as the cold months approach and heaters start to turn on". Many people mistakenly believe they will either see the flames or smell the smoke when a fire breaks out, but most fire fatalities happen while families are asleep. The smoke and toxic gases generated by a fire can cause people to sleep more deeply which narrows the likelihood of surviving a fire.

Covey also recommends residents look into getting combined smoke and carbon monoxide alarm systems, as well as a fire extinguisher in their homes. This reduces the chance of alarms chirping to indicate low batteries.

Each of these reasons is easily remedied by either simply replacing the battery or the device. "Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half". For best protection, smoke alarms should be installed inside and outside bedrooms. Make sure everyone in the household knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to inform about flaming fires.


Replace the backup battery at least once every year.

Check smoke alarms monthly by pressing the test button.

Both hardwired and battery operated smoke alarms are required to be replaced every 10 years.

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