Posted on November 07, 2011 00:00
|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.