Mayor Craig A. Moe wants to remind everyone that Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 2:00am and is asking everyone to please remember to set your clocks forward one hour. And while you are changing your clocks, change your smoke detector batteries and test your smoke detector. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a house fire nearly in half by providing early warning for escape. Please follow these suggestions to keep your family safe from fire:
- Count your smoke alarms - Homes should have at least one smoke alarm installed on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas.
- Replace - Replace any smoke alarms that have reached their life expectancy of approximately 8-10 years.
- Maintain - Test your smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries if needed. In standard, one year battery-powered smoke alarms, the batteries need to be replaced at least once a year. Smoke alarms powered by long-lasting lithium batteries are designed for the life of the alarm. See the manufacturer’s instructions for your alarm to make certain you are maintaining and using them correctly.
- Prepare and Practice - Develop a home escape plan and practice regular fire drills with your entire family. Children need to be taught what to do when they hear the smoke alarm sounding.