Daylight Saving Starts Sunday; Toms River Residents Reminded To Check Smoke Detectors
- Author: Phil Peters Mar 11, 2017,
Mar 11, 2017, 0:44
The Home Fire Preparedness Team told me 1,500 smoke alarm installations is their current goal, and with the alarms they're installing, you'll be protected for a while.
Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m., Sunday.
Newer smoke detectors may have a special battery that has a 10 year service life that is not replaceable.
Having smoke and carbon monoxide alarms greatly increases your chance of survival in a home fire. "Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths".
Deputy Chief Josh Ehrman, a Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department spokesman, said volunteers will check smoke alarms and replace them, if necessary for needy residents.
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Two hundred twenty (220) fire departments across the state have grant-funded Senior SAFE Programs. If the alarm chirps, a warning the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm immediately. She said houses built before 1985 usually have battery-operated alarms while those built after usually have electrically wired alarms. If they were manufactured over 10 years ago they should be replaced to ensure continued protection for your family.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button. Special smoke alarms are also available for those who are deaf or hearing-impaired. If the smoke alarms in the home are working, their order is free.
- Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn't respond properly when tested. If you have no detectors in your home, this would be a great time to install them.
Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
Develop a fire evacuation plan with all members of the household and practicing it several times a year, at different times of the day.