'Spring forward' and set your clocks on Sunday

11 March, 2018, 01:08 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • March is Red Cross Month Smoke alarms

This weekend, we change our clocks as daylight saving time comes to an end and we spring forward. More often is better.

Every alarm should have its date of manufacture displayed on the back. "Every year we see tragedy hit because a battery was removed for these reasons and was not replaced", said Sehlmeyer. This includes smoke alarms that use 10-year batteries and/or are hard-wired.

There are also combination smoke/CO alarms and advanced units that can send emergency texts or emails through a Wi-Fi setup. CO poisoning can be fatal and kills about 400 people a year, NFPA said.

Volunteer firefighters is reminding residents to check their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure they're in working order.

Install at least one smoke alarm on every floor of your home, including the basement, and in, or near eachsleeping area. Here in Georgia, the Red Cross and partners installed 7,200 smoke alarms in local communicates in 2017.

Install smoke alarms. If someone doesn't have smoke alarms, install them.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71 percent of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries.

Tonight when you go home, take an inventory of how many batteries you will require. The instructions are included in the package or can be found on the internet.

Test the alarms once a month by pushing the test button and observing that the lights flash and the alarm sounds loudly. "Then, when you get out, stay out, and have a meeting place.whether it's the big tree in the front yard or the mailbox".



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