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CHANGE YOUR CLOCK, CHECK YOUR SMOKE ALARMS

It is that time of the year when we move our clocks forward one hour for the beginning of daylight savings time. This is a good time to check your smoke alarms.

2012 Mar 09

Contact: Lisa King, NNFD Public Education/Relations Coordinator, (757) 926-8404


It is that time of the year when we move our clocks forward one hour for the beginning of daylight savings time. This is a good time to check your smoke alarms.

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a house fire nearly in half by providing early warning for escape. According to the United States Fire Administration, an estimated 890 lives could be saved each year if all homes had working smoke alarms. Please follow these suggestions to keep your family safe from fire:

  1. Count your smoke alarms: Your family should have at LE AST one smoke alarm installed on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas.
  2. Replace: Replace any smoke alarms that have reached their life expectancy of approximately 8-10 years.
  3. Maintain: Test your smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries if needed. In standard (1 year) battery powered smoke alarms, the batteries need to be replaced at least once a year. Smoke alarms powered by long-lasting lithium batteries are designed for the life of the alarm. See the manufacturer’s instructions for your alarm to make certain you are maintaining and using them correctly.
  4. Prepare & Practice: Develop a home escape plan and practice regular fire drills with your entire family. Children need to be taught what to do when they hear the smoke alarm sounding.

 

Homeowners in the City of Newport News can call the Newport News Fire Department’s Smoke Alarm Hotline 24-hours a day at (757) 926-8009 if they are in need of a smoke alarm. For more information about smoke alarms and other fire safety topics, visit the Newport News Fire Department’s website at www.nngov.com/fire, or you can visit the United States Fire Administration’s website at www.usfa.dhs.gov.
 

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