We used to use the saying, “Change your clocks, change your smoke alarm batteries.” With the way technology has the ability to change clocks automatically, we don’t want this valuable, life-saving task to be forgotten.
Chino Valley Fire encourages you to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and perform a simple test this Sunday, March 12, 2023.
Smoke Alarms Reduce Deaths
Working smoke alarms play a vital role in reducing fire deaths. According to the National Fire Protection Association, an estimated two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or in homes with smoke alarms that failed to operate correctly.
The NFPA reported that dead or missing batteries are the most common reason smoke alarms fail.The National Fire Protection Association
Chino Valley Fire offers the following tips to help keep your smoke alarms in good working order:
- Test smoke alarms once a month by pushing the test button
- Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least twice a year
- Replace your smoke alarms every ten years or in accordance with manufacturer guidelines
- Do not disable smoke alarms, even temporarily
- Vacuum and dust your smoke alarms regularly to keep them working properly
- Consider installing a 10-year lithium battery-operated smoke alarm
- Develop and practice a family escape plan so that everyone in your home knows what to do if the smoke alarm rings