Change your clock and your batteries on Sunday

Change-batteriesThe Weston Volunteer Fire Department reminds everyone to not only change their clocks one hour ahead this Sunday, March 8, for Daylight Savings Time, but the batteries in their smoke alarms, too.

Two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoking alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA).

Saving someone’s life can be as simple as changing a home’s smoke alarm batteries once a year and replacing smoke alarms every seven to 10 years. Special smoke alarms are even available for those who are deaf or hearing-impaired.

The NFPA reports that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Research has also demonstrated that photoelectric smoke alarms are more effective at warning people of smoke from smoldering fires than ionization smoke alarms. With earlier warning, people have more time to escape a burning structure and call to 9-1-1.

Your Weston Firefighters recommend installing a dual purpose smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside of every bedroom and on each floor of the home.

Homeowners should also install carbon monoxide alarms and check them once a month. Carbon monoxide fumes are poisonous and will increase the intensity of a fire if ignited.

More than 2,300 people die each year in home fires. Having a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm that works 24 hours a day greatly increases the chance of survival if if home catches on fire.

In the case of an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

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