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OSFD Reminder: Change Your Clocks, Change Your Smoke & Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector Batteries
The Old Saybrook Fire Dept. wants to remind everyone that Only Working Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors can make the difference between life and death.
By: Old Saybrook Fire Dept
That's why they are joining with fire departments nationwide in promoting Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign on Sunday, November 4, 2018
Fire Dept Member Max Sabrin encourages all residents to adopt this simple, life-saving habit. "It's an easy, inexpensive, and proven way to protect your family and your home," says Sabrin.
When you change your clocks, remember to change the batteries in your smoke & carbon monoxide detectors, and please take a moment to perform the suggested maintenance outlined below.
Replace your smoke detector battery once a year. (Choose a specific date, such as when you are updating the time on your clocks.) When a battery is running low, the detector will "beep," indicating that the battery needs to be replaced. Do not use rechargeable batteries.
If you have a "nuisance detector" that goes off frequently with cooking fumes or humidity from the bathroom, do not remove the battery. Move the detector farther from the kitchen or bathroom. If the problem continues, you may wish to change to a different type of detector. A photo-electric smoke detector may meet your needs.
Smoke detectors also need to be replaced every 10 years and CO (Carbon Monoxide) detectors need to replaced every 5 years. Wired-in smoke detectors require testing, as well, and also have a failure rate. Please refer to the owner's manual or change them every 10 years.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, the maximum life cycle of a smoke detector is 10 years from the date of manufacture, not the date of installation. Beginning in 2002, all smoke detectors must have a manufacture date marked on the outside of the smoke detector. If your smoke detector does not have a manufacture date, then it is older than 10 years and must be replaced.
Test your smoke detector every month by pressing the "test button" on the face of the detector. If your detector fails, replace the battery and repeat. If it continues to fail, replace the detector.
Maintain your detector by gently vacuuming the exterior (using the small brush attachment from your vacuum) or wipe with a soft cloth.
Recent surveys conducted for the National Fire Protection Association and the Consumer Products Safety Commission found that 96% of all homes have at least one smoke detector, but only 75% have at least one working smoke detector. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke detectors or no working smoke detector. Smoke detector failures usually result from missing or dead batteries or disconnected wires. The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping. A working smoke detector can provide the critical extra seconds needed to get people out safely.
For more visit: http://www.oldsaybrookfire.com
Max Sabrin - Media Relations - Special Events
Old Saybrook Fire Dept.