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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Time to change your batteries!

Time to change your batteries!

 
 
Did you remember to “change your clocks” this weekend? The Wilmington Fire Department encourages you to “change your battery.” Smoke alarm batteries should be changed twice a year and day light savings provides a great reminder to change your smoke alarm batteries and protect your family.

NFPA reports that two-thirds of homes resulting in death had no working smoke alarm. Follow these simple steps to ensure your family receives a lifesaving warning if a fire were to start in your home:
  • Dust or vacuum smoke alarms when you change the batteries
  • Test alarms once a month using the test button
  • Replace the entire alarm if it’s more than 10 years old or doesn’t work properly when tested
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, and both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
  • For the best protection, equip your home with a combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor alarms.
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout your home so that when one sounds, they all sound. Interconnected alarms are available at most stores that smell smoke alarms.
  • Make sure everyone in your home understands the warning of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
 
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