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Time change is a good reminder to change smoke alarm batteries

Post Date:11/02/2018 9:59 AM

The Reno Fire Department would like to remind residents to check their smoke alarms as we “fall back” this weekend. Clocks will fall behind one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 4, 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 no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%), according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

“Smoke alarms save lives,” Reno Fire Chief Dave Cochran said. “Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.”

Following are some 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.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.

Daylight Saving Time is another opportune time to check the furnace filters in your home, and replace them if necessary.

For information on smoke alarms and other fire safety information, contact the Reno Fire Prevention Bureau at 775-334-2300 or visit nfpa.org.

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