As we spring ahead this weekend, spring up to your smoke detectors and change the batteries.
As we review reports from fire and life safety inspections conducted by professional fire protection engineers, there is one consistent theme: smoke alarms without batteries! Guest cabins, apartment buildings, dormitories, and single family homes all have the same issue, which means our visitors, employees, and partners may be sleeping in buildings that are not equipped to notify them of a fire.
Luckily, this problem can be fixed immediately: Put a battery in your smoke alarm!
Ok, we understand that there are reasons the batteries were removed. Maybe the alarm is too close to cooking smoke or shower steam, or maybe it’s dirty. All of these problems can be a nuisance by causing frequent false alarms. However, the solution is not removing the battery, but cleaning or relocating your smoke alarm.
The National Fire Protection Association tells us we should change our smoke alarm batteries twice a year, so why not just time it with the changing of your clocks? To prepare for time-change weekend, make sure you have enough batteries available for all of your smoke detectors, and remember, when you change your clock, change your batteries.
FIRE INFO FOR YOU
Did you know, according to the National Fire Protection Agency, that having a working smoke detector in your house will cut the risk of dying in a fire by 50 percent? Read more on NPFA.