Time change serves as fire safety reminder

11 March, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Daylight Saving Time an Opportunity to Check on Smoke, Carbon Monoxide Detectors

So, set those clocks forward one hour and get those batteries changed in your smoke detectors. An average of three children per day die in home fires and 80 percent of those occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Since you can not replace the lithium battery, replace the entire smoke alarm according to the alarm instruct ions.

As always at this time of year, the Montreal fire department is reminding citizens to check their smoke detectors and replace the batteries.

"Smoke alarm technology has advanced and many now come with 10-year batteries and some are tamper-resistant", said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker.

Homeowners should consider buying new alarms to replace units that are more than ten years old. Any alarms with a manufacture date of March 11, 2008, or earlier should be replaced.

People can download the Red Cross Emergency app as well as visit this website to find out more about protecting not only themselves from house fires, but loved ones as well.

The chance of surviving a household fire is doubled in homes with working smoke alarms.


For the best protection, equip your home with a combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual-sensor alarms. Having smoke alarms in a home cuts the risk of death from a fire in half.

A new law taking effect in 2019 will require all new smoke alarms sold in the state to contain non-removable 10-year batteries.

According to Dan Hartman, communications program manager for the Western and Central New York Region of the Red Cross, since the program's inception, the non-profit has provided 198 free smoke detectors in Chautauqua County and 56 in Cattaraugus County. If you do not have a plan, now is a good time to develop one.

These long-term alarms typically emit an end-of-life chirp sequence when they are ready for replacement.

In case of fire, call 9-1-1 once you are safely outside your home.

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