The firefighters are calling us back: change your clocks, check your detectors
As we walk around the house on weekends when daylight saving time ends, seeing which of our clocks need to be changed and which themselves have changed, the Ithaca Fire Department reminds us that it is This is a good opportunity to check the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. .
DFI Deputy Chief Thomas T. Basher Jr. sometimes assigns a positive result to a working smoke detector during a residential fire. Basher says, “Small fires, unreported or undetected, can quickly develop and overtake an apartment or house. Functional smoke detectors are a critical factor in surviving fires in the home.
The New York State Firefighters Association adds the suggestion to clean smoke detectors while you are checking or changing the battery, removing any dust or debris that could interfere with their operation. FASNY supported New York State legislation that would require all smoke detectors sold in the state to come with ten-year batteries. The bill was passed by both the NYS Assembly and Senate in 2016 and came into effect in 2017. As a result, most smoke detectors sold in recent years, like the Nest Protect, have already ten-year-old batteries.
“Every second counts in a fire. Smoke detectors provide critical warning that can help people escape safely in an emergency, ”said FASNY President John P. Farrell. “If your smoke detector has removable batteries, be sure to change them and verify that the alarm is operational. Those with smoke detectors that have non-removable batteries should make sure they test their alarms at least once a month.
Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of a house and outside of every sleeping and separate kitchen area. Hard-wired smoke detectors should have a back-up battery in the event of a power failure, and batteries in older detectors without a long-life battery should be replaced once or twice a year, even if the low battery warning does not occur. not sounded yet. Detectors must be completely replaced after ten years.
The slogan “Change Your Clocks, Check Your Batteries” encourages people to check or replace the batteries in smoke detectors twice a year, when daylight saving time begins and ends in the spring and fall. Daylight saving time ends early Sunday morning at 2 a.m. and clocks go to 1 a.m. at that time, or set back one hour. Nowadays, most computers, digital recorders and cell phones update their clocks automatically, but most car clocks, bedside alarm clocks, wristwatches and cameras need to be changed by hand. .
Basher encourages anyone who needs help with their smoke detectors to contact their local fire station.
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