Bay Village Fire Chief Christopher Lyons reminds residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with each season’s time change. Follow these tips each year when clocks are set back from Daylight Savings Time:
Make Sure You Have Working Smoke Alarms and an Escape Plan
For the protection of your family, install a smoke detector on every level of your home and inside and outside of each sleeping area. Also, develop an escape plan from each bedroom (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 members know what to do.
Additional smoke alarm tips and recommendations:
- 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 is older than ten years, consider replacing the entire unit this weekend.
- When installing new smoke detectors, make sure they are the “photoelectric” type.