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Fire Department encourages changing batteries in smoke detectors

Fire Department encourages changing batteries in smoke detectors

The Norfolk Fire Division reminds everyone that Sunday, March 11, is the day everyone moves their clock ahead one hour as they "spring" ahead to Daylight Savings Time. The manufacturer date can be found on the back of the smoke alarm.

It's nearly that time of the year.

It's something Red Cross officials stress every time there's a fire: working smoke alarms. This is a cooperative agreement between the Oregon State Fire Marshal's office, which provides the alarms, and ARC, who will test existing alarms and install new ones if needed. Alarms are usually good for about 10 years. And along with that comes the message to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

There are two basic types of smoke detector: photoelectric and ionization.

Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.




The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping, according to Escambia Fire Rescue.

Jason Keeling, American Red Cross said, "Around 39 people died in 2017 in West Virginia because their smoke alarms didn't work". "We urge people to take these basic fire safety steps now and know what to should do if an emergency occurs".

"Smoke alarms give you the early detection needed to safely escape a fire, and only a carbon monoxide alarm can alert you to the deadly presence of CO". Test smoke alarms once a month.

At the same time, Barritt says it's a good idea to be familiar with your home and plan a safe escape, with two ways out. If a battery is starting to lose its power, the unit will usually chirp to warn you.

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