The program urges all Vermonters to adopt a simple lifesaving exercise: changing your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm batteries when you change your clocks to Daylight Savings Time. During this time the American Red Cross is reaching out to the community to remind everyone that this is also a great time to test the batteries in their smoke alarms.
Clocks should be set ahead one hour at 2 a-m Sunday or before going to bed Saturday night.
"Installing and maintaining smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home is the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your family", says McLeieer. The National Fire Protection Association says smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years. Of the 45 home fire-related deaths in Louisiana in 2016, according to the U.S. Fire Administration fire fatality report, 22 were in this Capital West area. If the alarm chirps, a warning the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm immediately.
Like most people, Patrick doesn't want to have to worry about checking his alarm, and the one he had was very old. To find out how old a smoke alarm is, check the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date. Ostroskey said, "A third of the people who have died in fires this year were over 65".More news: East Tennessee snow chances likely this weekend
Residents can check their smoke alarms by pushing the test button on the alarm. This way people in unaffected areas can be alerted before unsafe fire, smoke or carbon monoxide can spread to where they are. Whichever type of smoke alarms you choose, make sure they carry the label of a recognized testing laboratory. You can request an alarm and installation at getasmokealarm.org.
"We wanted to get people informed to check smoke alarms in their houses".
If your home is outfitted with a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage, a carbon monoxide detector must be installed outside all sleeping areas. He also recommends that you plan and practice an escape route to the outside of your home in the event of a fire.