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Time change is a good reminder to change smoke alarm batteries

Post Date:03/09/2018 12:21 PM
The Reno Fire Department would like to remind citizens to check their smoke alarms as they “spring forward” this weekend. Clocks will skip ahead one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018 to mark the beginning of Daylight Saving Time.

This is a great time for residents to test and, if needed, change the batteries in all home smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Even with the advent of “10-year smoke alarm batteries,” smoke alarms should still be tested at least once a month to ensure residents’ safety. If an alarm chirps, a warning that the battery is low, homeowners should replace the battery right away.

Roughly three of every five home fire deaths result from fires in homes with either no smoke alarms or inoperable smoke alarms. Reno Fire Chief Dave Cochran and all members of the Reno Fire Department want to remind citizens that smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.

“If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads very fast,” Cochran says. “Working smoke alarms give the occupants of the residence an early warning, so they can escape the fire and get outside quickly.”

Some simple smoke alarm tips:
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home.
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years. Today’s smoke alarms are more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
For information on smoke alarms and other fire safety information, contact the Reno Fire Prevention Bureau at 775-334-2300 or visit