DATE: October 31, 2017                                                             PIO Number: 17-10-37

CHECK YOUR SMOKE ALARMS WHEN YOU CHANGE THE CLOCKS THIS WEEKEND

Daylight Saving Time Ends 2 A.M. This Sunday

Research tells us most fatal fires occur at night. Every home needs working smoke alarms to provide an early warning for occupants to escape alive. The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71 percent of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries.

Take an important step to keep you and your family safe. Install smoke alarms in all sleeping rooms and hallways that lead to sleeping areas on each additional level of your home. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper installation.

"Prepare and practice an escape plan. Crawl low under smoke. Plan where to meet outside. Once you're out, stay out. Remember, almost every day a smoke alarm saves lives," Sheriff Scott Israel said.

A potential life-saving activity is this: remember to check your smoke alarms and change the batteries this weekend when you change your clocks.

THIS REPORT BY:

Assistant Fire Chief Todd LeDuc