Temple, TX — This Sunday, March 9 at 2 a.m., we begin Daylight Savings Time. As you “spring forward” and turn clocks one hour ahead Saturday night, don’t forget to check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. According to the National Fire Protection Association, roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms.
A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm provides early warning and cut the risk of dying in a home fire nearly in half. Smoke alarms fail most often because of missing, disconnected or dead batteries.
National Safety Organizations along with Temple Fire & Rescue offer the following tips:
• Install smoke alarms on every level of the home and outside each sleeping area. For additional protection, install an alarm in each bedroom.
• Install new batteries in all alarms at least once a year. Remember to replace batteries in your weather band radio and flashlights.
• Test units at least monthly. Check the alarm by pressing the test button.
• If you have a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm, remember to test it. A CO alarm will alert you to the presence of the deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas.
• Clean alarms according to manufacturers' instructions.
• A "chirping" smoke alarm indicates a low battery.
• Do not disable the smoke alarm if it activates due to cooking. Clear the air by waving a towel near the alarm. Consider relocating the alarm.
• Smoke alarms wear out - replace units that are older than 10 years. If in doubt, replace the alarm.
• When replacing an alarm, consider purchasing a “combination” alarm which have sensors to detect both fast spreading fires (ionization alarm), and smoldering fires (photoelectric alarm).
• Develop an escape plan with two ways out of each room and designate a meeting place.
• Practice a fire drill at least twice a year so that everyone knows what to do when the smoke alarm sounds.
Temple Fire & Rescue installs smoke alarms and batteries for people who are unable to buy them, or who need assistance with installation. There is no charge for this service. To schedule an appointment, please call 298-5682 during normal business hours.
Standard time returns November 2, 2014 at 2 a.m.