|Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries!|
|By Captain Brian Bennett|
|March 12, 2017|
As Daylight Savings Time begins, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the Iselin Volunteer Fire Company #1 encourages you to mark the occasion as a time to test your home smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and replace the batteries if more than one year old. Checking and changing batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, along with other home safety devices, will only take you a few minutes and could save lives.
Every day in the United States, needless home fire deaths occur. Working smoke alarms significantly increase your chance of surviving a deadly home fire. A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you're awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert scanning the air for fire and smoke.
In addition to changing your smoke alarm batteries this weekend, the USFA recommends following these simple steps to protect your life, your loved ones, and your home:
•Dust or vacuum smoke alarms when you change the batteries.
Finally, prepare and practice an escape plan so that you and your loved ones can get out of your home safely should there be a fire. Plan to meet in a place a safe distance from the fire and where first responders can easily see you.
For more information on smoke alarms, fire escape planning, and fire prevention, visit the USFA website at www.usfa.fema.gov/smokealarms.