Fulton County Fire Coordinator Steven Santa Maria is asking everyone to get ready to spring forward for daylight saving time. Clocks should be set back one hour. "As Daylight Saving Time begins, we encourage citizens to change the batteries in their smoke alarms if necessary and check the age of these important devices".
Energizer and the International Associated of Fire Chiefs work together every year to remind people to check smoke alarms and detectors, the "Today" show reported. "Any smoke alarm 10 years old or older should be replaced entirely as it may not function properly in the event of an emergency".
Windsor fire codes require smoke alarms on every story of a home and outside all sleeping areas. They can also help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
This also would be great time for families to sit down and create a home escape plan.
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Smoke detectors are getting "more efficient" as well, says Yancey.
Teams making visits to homes will share fire safety and preparedness information and install smoke alarms in homes as requested.
Test alarms at least once a month by using the test button.
"If alarms have removable batteries, those batteries should be replaced", a press release from FASNY said Friday. If the alarm does not sound, replace the battery. "If it doesn't have a date on it, it's over 10-years-old".