When smoke alarms should have worked but failed to operate, it is usually because batteries were missing, disconnected, or dead, said Byron Mathews, Prevention Bureau Chief for Cheyenne Fire & Rescue.
At 2 a.m. on Sunday (March 12), Daylight Saving Time begins.
"This weekend as you change your clocks, check your alarms", said State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey. Remember, even if you have a new smoke alarm with a 10-year battery, or "wired in" smoke and CO alarms you should test them at least once per month. A properly working smoke alarm provides early warning for occupants and gives added time to escape a home fire. "A lot of fire deaths are specifically related to not having working smoke alarms in the home". "Every ten years the entire alarm needs to be replaced, not just the batteries".
OR law requires ionization-only smoke alarms that are exclusively battery powered to come equipped with a hush feature and a 10-year battery.
Install and maintain working Smoke Alarms throughout the house. 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. Since inception, over 133,000 smoke alarms have been distributed across the state, with 177 documented alerts and saves resulting from the program.
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To schedule an appointment to receive a smoke detector, call the Red Cross at 743-8671, the fire department at 751-9180 or the Bibb County coroner's office at 621-6314. Special smoke alarms are also available for those who are deaf or hearing-impaired.
Temple Fire and Rescue also suggested testing carbon monoxide alarms, which detect deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas.
Some of the newer smoke alarms use lithium batteries. If your family doesn't have a plan, this is a good time to develop one.
For people that are unable to buy or install alarms, Temple Fire and Rescue offers free installation services.