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Firefighters urge to check smoke detector batteries as the clock springs forward

11 March 2018, 01:31 | Damon Campbell

Center Point Fire Station No. 2 on Pinson Valley Parkway

Center Point Fire Station No. 2 on Pinson Valley Parkway

Smoke alarms should be placed inside and outside each bedroom or sleeping area; half of home fire deaths occur during sleeping hours and the early morning.

The reasoning for Daylight Saving Time is to give people more daylight later in the day during the warmer months of the year. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire. "In order for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to do their job, they need to have working batteries". There are around 1,000 fires on the Island of Montreal every year, and about 10 of them are fatal.

Look at the back of the alarm for the date of the manufacture. Hear how this Red Cross volunteer saved his daughter's life by installing smoke alarms: https://vimeo.com/259007277.

Check smoke alarm batteries. In more than one-third of home fire deaths, no smoke alarms were present.

Homeowners should consider buying new alarms to replace units that are more than ten years old.

Daylight saving time begins overnight.

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If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the battery. "They provide you two different technologies to actually sense a fire, photoelectric and ionization", says Aesoph.

It is also recommended that residents test smoke alarms by pushing the test button, planning "two ways out" and practicing escape routes with the entire family.

Sehlmeyer urges Michiganders to ensure family members, friends and neighbors over age 60 have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes. Replace the batteries every year.

The staff will return the call to set up an appointment to come to the home.

Courtesy of the State Fire Marshal's website.

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