Check Smoke Alarms When The Clocks Spring Ahead

Check Smoke Alarms When The Clocks Spring Ahead

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, meaning clocks will be pushed forward one hour. The vast majority of deadly fires in the state involve homes where smoke detectors are either not working or not installed at all. You can find the "expiration date" on the back of each unit.

While that means we will have an extra hour of daylight to enjoy outdoor activities, it also represents one of the two good times during the year to follow a routine of checking smoke detector batteries in your home. This year, 25 Georgians have died in 21 residential fires, with none of the houses having a working smoke alarm.

The IAFC also says consider replacing devices that are older than 10 years old, "Today" reported.

Firefighters urge everyone to change your batteries every 6 months. In addition to helping save lives, the Red Cross and partners have installed more than 1.1 million smoke alarms since the start of the campaign. Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years, test them monthly and clean them regularly.

Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.

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The association says that three of every five deaths attributed to a fire occur in homes without working smoke alarms.

At the same time, Barritt says it's a good idea to be familiar with your home and plan a safe escape, with two ways out. The majority of alarm failures are due to dead or missing batteries, the national fire protection organization found.

Emergency officials recommend all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be tested at least once a month.

Join this Red Cross effort today by volunteering to install smoke alarms in your community, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires.