Fire Department Urges Folks to Check Smoke Detectors

Fire Department Urges Folks to Check Smoke Detectors

"Even if you have smoke alarms that use the power from your house's wiring system, the backup battery needs to be changed", said Terry Zwiebel, fire marshal.

When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.

On Sunday, our clocks spring forward one hour to Daylight Saving Time.

Smoke alarms more than 10 years old no longer offer a reliable level of safety and are often the source for nuisance alarms.

But that's not all, you should also check the manufacture date on the back.

Smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries are created to remain effective for up to 10 years.

Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.

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In 2017, twenty-six percent of fire fatalities in Washington State occurred in homes with missing smoke alarms or smoke alarms that failed to work.

Barritt emphasizes that if a person has any questions about their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to contact the fire department. If your family doesn't have a plan, this is a good time to develop one.

Windsor fire codes require smoke alarms on every story of a home and outside all sleeping areas.

Smoke alarms should not be installed near a windowbecause drafts could interfere with their operation. Replace the backup battery every year. If the alarm chirps on these units, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.

The Fireman's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is reminding residents to test the devices during the start and end of Daylight Saving Time every year.

Follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning to keep smoke alarms working well.

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