This weekend we will move our clocks ahead one hour as part of Daylight Savings Time. As you make sure all the clocks in your home are set to the correct time, the Salt Lake City Fire Department also encourages you to take an extra minute to make sure the your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working properly.One simple way to do this is to make sure the batteries are working. If not, replace them.
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives. According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
- Install carbon monoxide alarms on every level of the house, preferably near sleeping areas.
- Smoke rises; install smoke alarms following manufacturer’s instructions high on a wall or on a ceiling. Save manufacturer’s instructions for testing and maintenance.
- Smoke alarms that include a recordable voice announcement in addition to the usual alarm sound, may be helpful in waking children through the use of a familiar voice.
- Smoke alarms are available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These devices use strobe lights. Vibration devices can be added to these alarms
- Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.
- Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.