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In anticipation of daylight saving time (DST) beginning in the early morning hours of March 9th, the Paris Fire Marshal’s Office is urging the public to “Change Your Clock & Change Your Batteries” in smoke detectors in their homes. Daylight Savings Time is a great opportunity for families to change the batteries and insure that all smoke detectors are in working order. “Please take the little time required to help ensure the safety of your family and friends by maintaining these early warning life saving devices.”
Residential properties are required to have a working smoke detector in every bedroom, hallway leading to bedrooms and on each floor of your home.
Families should also verify the age of their smoke detectors; most smoke detectors have a 10-year life span and may need to be replaced with a newer model. Newer detectors can be interconnected so that if one detector activates they all activate allowing all members of the house hold to be alerted if a fire was to occur.
Along with working smoke alarms, CO detectors and Home Escape Plans are another way the public can avoid injury or death in their homes. By identifying at least two different escape routes, families can practice the plan together – before an emergency strikes. Practicing the plan helps educate younger children to the danger of hazardous situations and the importance of recognizing the sound of a smoke alarm of a potential hazard in the home. “Changing the battery in your smoke alarms, along with developing and practicing a home escape plan, are two of the best ways to protect your loved ones and yourself from fire. Smoke detectors should be tested once a month.
Two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoking alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. Please remember to not only change your clock for Daylight Savings Time but the batteries in your smoke alarms, too.
More than 2,300 people die each year in home fires. Having a working smoke detector 24 hours a day greatly increases your chance of survival if your home catches on fire.