Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, so residents should set their clocks forward one hour.
Install smoke alarms: At minimum, there should be one smoke alarm on every level of the home, one in each bedroom, and outside sleeping areas.
Red Cross Disaster Relief Manager Steve Guetschow says he recommends testing smoke detectors at least twice a year.
"The annual change to daylight saving time is the ideal opportunity to make sure your smoke alarms are working properly", Hudgens said.
Fire officials state that smoke detectors save lives and limit property damage. Most victims of fires die from smoke or toxic gases and not from burns. "In order for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to do their job, they need to have working batteries".
Anyone can walk into a store and purchase a smoke alarm for as little as $10.
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Sehlmeyer also urges citizens to install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. Ten-year smoke alarms require little maintenance, and unlike alarms with removable batteries, they are almost impossible to deactivate.
Statistics show three out of five home fire deaths result from homes with no smoke alarm. We strongly encourage New Yorkers to install 10-year smoke alarms, which can not be easily deactivated. After the war ended, Daylight Saving Time was based on local laws. If the alarm does not sound, Merriman says that it's time for the batteries to be changed.
- Vacuum the dust from inside the detector at least once every year.
This also would be great time for families to sit down and create a home escape plan.
Chief Drouard says, your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector should be replaced ten years from the date it was made, not the date you bought it.
Courtesy of the State Fire Marshal's website.