Pella Fire Chief Doug Van Gorkom tells KNIA/KRLS News batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should replaced every six months - and doing so when the clocks change is a great way to stick to that schedule.
For smoke alarms without the long-life lithium batteries, be sure to replace batteries at least once a year.
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- Vacuum the dust from inside the detector at least once every year.
Dead batteries cause one-quarter of the smoke alarm failures. Most victims of fires die from smoke or toxic gases and not from burns.
People can download the Red Cross Emergency app as well as visit this website to find out more about protecting not only themselves from house fires, but loved ones as well.
Witek says that having a working smoke alarm in the home could give residents the time needed to evacuate their homes safely, especially if a fire occurs at night.
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For maximum protection, install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area.
Dedicated volunteers like Chuck have been installing smoke alarms to help make their communities safer. It's best to hard-wire alarms into the home's electrical system interconnecting all of the alarms so that when one goes off, they all go off.
∫ Smoke alarm hardwired into your home's electrical system: Test the alarm each month. Interconnect the alarms so that when one sounds, they all sound. We strongly encourage New Yorkers to install 10-year smoke alarms, which can not be easily deactivated.
Smoke alarms lose sensitivity over time and should be replaced periodically.
- Most smoke alarms are operated with a disposable type of battery. Take care of the alarm according to its instruct ions. The instructions are included in the package or can be found on the internet.
Remember also to check the smoke alarm device date in addition to checking the batteries.