Time to spring forward and check smoke alarms

Saul Bowman
March 11, 2018

An average of three children per day die in home fires and 80 percent of those occur in homes without working smoke alarms.

As this weekend's time change approaches, North Bay Fire and Emergency Services remind you to make another change that could save lives - 'Change the Batteries in your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms'.

Many local fire departments will install a smoke alarm for free to homeowners who do not have one.

In between the times you change your batteries, Chief Drouard says you also want to test your alarm to make sure it still works.

Homeowners should consider buying new alarms to replace units that are more than ten years old. "So whether the batteries are working fine or not, we recommend to have fresh batteries in there to ensure that it's good and ready to go".

"Call us, if you live in Knox County, the part we serve, we'll come put them up for you, we'll change your batteries".

Haney advises families to replace outdated smoke alarms, if possible, with newer models that feature 10-year sealed lithium batteries.

"In order for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to do their job, they need to have working batteries", Laforet reasoned.

The time to talk about smoke detectors is before a fire breaks out. If you do not have a plan, now is a good time to develop one.

The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping, according to Escambia Fire Rescue. In 2014, the Red Cross began its "Home Fire Campaign", which includes a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events.

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