On Sunday, March 13, change the batteries in your smoke alarms and other detectors! SVFC encourages you to make a habit of changing the batteries in your smoke detectors at least twice a year – at the beginning and end of daylight savings time.
“Smoke alarms are the first warning sign of a fire. These devices give you potentially lifesaving seconds to escape, however, the alarms have to be working on order to warn you. That’s why testing them is an important first step in preparing for a fire.”
For the greatest protection, install a smoke detector on every level of your home and inside and outside of each sleeping area. In addition, you are encouraged to develop an escape plan with two ways out and make sure every family member knows what to do and where to meet outside if the fire alarm sounds. Take time to practice both a primary and secondary escape plan, so that if a real emergency occurred, you and your family know what to do.
- Test smoke alarms at least once each month to ensure that they are working properly.
- Vacuum the dust from inside the detector at least once every year.
- Never “borrow” a smoke detector’s battery for another use.
- Change batteries twice a year or if a detector “chirps” to signal low battery power.
- If you have a smoke alarm that was installed before March 13, 2006, replace the entire unit this weekend!