Chief’s Corner: Change your clocks — change your batteries
Ryan Summerlin October 30, 2013
EDITOR’S NOTE: “Chief’s Corner” is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.
Daylight‐saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 3, and as we change our clocks back one hour, it’s also a good reminder for us to change and test the batteries in our smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This simple habit can be lifesaving.
We would like to remind our residents that one simple step can help save lives and the lives of those around us.
Everyone is encouraged to change the batteries in their own smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, test the alarms and remind friends, family, neighbors and fellow community members to do the same.
Smoke alarms should be located on every floor of the home, in bedrooms, outside bedrooms in the hallway and living areas.
If you family does not have smoke detectors, please let us know by calling Assistant Fire Marshal Mark Regan at 775-831-0351, ext. 8107, or stop by the district’s Administration Office at 866 Oriole Way for assistance with obtaining smoke alarms for your home.
The district has a limited supply as well as a small supply of smoke alarms for folks that may be hard of hearing and/or deaf.
These “Silent Call” alarms have a strobe light and vibrator that are activated to alert people that are deaf or hard of hearing.
These smoke detectors are available courtesy of a Washoe County grant obtained specifically for deaf and hard of hearing folks.
Communities nationwide witness tragic home fire deaths each year, but, everyone can work together to help reduce the number of home fire fatalities.
Non‐working smoke alarms rob residents of the protective benefits home fire safety devices were designed to provide. The most commonly cited cause of non‐working smoke alarms: worn or missing batteries.
Changing smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, testing those alarms and reminding others to do the same are some of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce tragic deaths and injuries.
Additionally, the International Association of Fire Chiefs recommends that smoke alarms in homes be replaced every 10 years and to have both ionization and photo electric smoke alarms to alert people to all types of home fires.
The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most families are sleeping. Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths.
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