Safety For You: "Spring ahead" for fire safety

Local agency, Vallejo fire department has urged residents in the area to do their part and not only to change their clocks for Daylight Saving Time but the batteries in their smoke alarms.

Hudgens' office said 141 Georgians died in 106 residential fires past year, and 96 of the homes did not have a working smoke alarm.

The Charlottesville Fire Department reminds you that Sunday, March 12th begins daylight savings time. The common 9-volt batteries in most smoke alarms generally last six months, so it's good to replace them twice a year. Only two of the homes where fires have taken place this year had a working smoke alarm. "Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths".

Batteries taken out of the smoke detector, Evans said, are the most common reason for a smoke detector malfunction.

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Are there smoke alarms installed in all your home's bedrooms? These batteries must be tested regularly and, in most cases, should be replaced at least once or twice annually.

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More than 2,300 people die each year in home fires.

Essentially, there are three different types of smoke alarms: ionization, photoelectric, and dual sensor. If you need assistance or have questions about your smoke or CO alarms you can call Bloomington Fire Department at 812-332-9763 and ask for the Fire Prevention Officer. Studies have shown that having working smoke alarms in a home increases the chances of survival by 50 percent, the Red Cross said.

Special smoke alarms are available for those who are deaf or hearing-impaired.

Smoke rises, so the ideal location for a smoke alarm is on the ceiling - in the center of the room is best. If you have no detectors in your home, this would be a great time to install them.

- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, and both inside and outside of sleeping areas.

  • Sidney Guerrero