• Change Your Clocks and Change Your Batteries

    Monterey Fire Department would like to remind everyone that Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 1, at 2:00 a.m. Be sure to move your clocks back one hour. This is also a perfect opportunity to ensure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are operating properly and to replace their batteries.

    Every year in the United States, about 3000 people lose their lives in residential fires. Typically, fire victims die as a result of inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, not from burns. Most of these deaths occur at night while the occupants are sleeping. A properly installed and maintained smoke detector can alert you and your family to a fire, 24 hours a day seven days a week. Whether you’re awake or asleep; a working smoke detector is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke. The risk of dying from fire in a home without a smoke detector is twice as high as in a home with a working smoke detector.

    Here are some general guidelines you should follow to ensure that your smoke detectors will work when needed:

    • Smoke detectors should be tested monthly to ensure they are functioning properly.

    • Batteries should be replaced in battery powered smoke detectors at least once a year.

    • The entire smoke detector should be replaced every 8 – 10 years.

    • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for testing and replacing the batteries in your smoke detector.

    • Replace the batteries in any battery powered Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm at the same time.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 30, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News

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