It's time to change batteries, check manufacture date on smoke alarms

It’s time to spring ahead and gain an hour of light in the evening. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday March 11

It’s time to spring ahead and gain an hour of light in the evening. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday March 11

If a person waits to change the batteries when they beep, they may or may not work.

According to a news release, the most commonly cited cause of non-working smoke alarms are worn or missing batteries.

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11.

They also say that families should have an escape plan, including a place to meet outside of the home, in case of fire, and to practice the plan. Merriman says if the alarm doesn't sound, the batteries should be replaced.

NEVER paint a smoke or CO alarm.

Windsor fire codes require smoke alarms on every story of a home and outside all sleeping areas.

"We have been working with the community to help with smoke alarm installations for years and this is a chance to reach as many of our residents as possible". As of February 2018, the Red Cross and partners have saved almost 350 lives and have installed more than 1 million free smoke alarms as part of this campaign. If the alarm chirps, a warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.

The Fireman's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is reminding residents to test the devices during the start and end of Daylight Saving Time every year.

NEVER borrow a battery from an alarm to use somewhere else.

For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year.

It's something Red Cross officials stress every time there's a fire: working smoke alarms.

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