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Fire Chief Recommends Changing Smoke Alarm Batteries When Changing Clocks for DST

Posted by thowens on March 7, 2014

Auburn Fire Chief Michael Vanzile is encouraging residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms at the same time they change their clocks to Daylight Saving Time this Sunday. (Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 9, at 2 a.m. when clocks should “spring forward” one hour.)

Indiana State Fire Marshal James Greeson agrees: “The annual change from Standard Time to Daylight Saving Time is a good reminder to make sure your smoke alarms are working and have new batteries,” he says. “So far this year, there have been more than 30 fire fatalities in Indiana and several of those occurred in homes with no working smoke alarm. There’s no question that working smoke alarms save lives.”



Chief Vanzile says all residents should have at least one working smoke detector. It’s best to place a smoke alarm outside of each sleeping area. If possible, there should be one alarm on each floor of the home, including the basement.

The Auburn Fire Department offers several programs about the importance of fire safety, including Survive Alive House, Station Tours and Hot Spots in the Home. Additionally, the public can find safety tips and fact sheets, check lists and flyers on the AFD’s Resources page on the city website.

Other tips Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office:

  • Test smoke alarms monthly to ensure they are working properly.
  • Purchase long-life smoke alarms with lithium-powered batteries. Regular batteries should be changed at least once a year, preferably twice.
  • Replace any smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old.
  • Occasionally remove any dust from the front of the smoke alarm.
  • Devise a family escape plan and practice it at least every six months. Plans should include at least two different ways each family member could escape various parts of the house. Designate a special place outside of the home where family members are to meet after escaping a fires.
 

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