Bothwell blaze a reminder to check smoke alarms

Turn and Test as Daylight Saving Time Ends

It's an extra hour of sleep for those who aren't working shifts this weekend, with Daylight Savings Time officially coming to an end. On Sunday, sunset is set for 4:48 p.m.

This is also a good time to check the batteries in your home's smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

"Saving your life can be as simple as checking your smoke alarms", says Bob Milie, President of Local 574. Battery-operated smoke detectors start are available for less than $10. Smoke by itself doesn't provide a wake-up call, but a working smoke alarm surely does. "The National Fire Protection Association says almost two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in properties without working smoke alarms". Make sure your escape plan includes someone that can help children and others wake up immediately to escape from the home. "A chirping alarm means the batteries are weak and need to be protected". FASNY recommends cleaning all alarms to remove any debris that might impede their function and to test the batteries, changing them as necessary.

Since you can not (and should not) replace the lithium battery, replace the entire smoke alarm according to the manufacturer's instructions. Carbon monoxide detectors sound an alarm when they sense a certain amount of carbon monoxide in the air.

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