Daylight Saving Starts Sunday; Toms River Residents Reminded To Check Smoke Detectors

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.

  • Phil Peters