Daylight-saving time ends Sunday, November 6, and marks the 29th anniversary of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program, which reminds us to change the batteries and test our smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This simple act can be lifesaving.
Approximately two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Since most fatal fires occur at night, it’s essential that every home has working smoke alarms to provide an early warning. Working smoke alarms increase the chance of surviving a home fire by 50 percent.
In addition to changing your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries this weekend, it is recommended to take these additional steps to protect your life, your loved ones, and your home:
· Test alarms once a month using the test button.
· Replace smoke alarms if they are more than 10 years old or don’t work properly when tested.
· Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, and both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
· For the best protection, equip your home with a combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual-sensor alarms.
· Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout your home so that when one sounds, they all sound.
· Make sure everyone in your home understands the warning of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
· Review your home escape plan and location of your family’s meeting spot.
For more information contact Westport Fire Prevention Division at: (203) 341-5020.