The Lee’s Summit Fire Department wants to remind everyone when they move the clock forward on Sunday, March 9th , to change the battery in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detector.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, a working smoke alarm increases your family's chances of a safe escape from a fire by more than 50 percent. That is why it is important to pick a date to change the battery in the smoke alarm at least annually.
Most people are not prepared to replace the battery when the low battery alarm sounds and will disconnect it - leaving them and their family needlessly unprotected.
In addition to changing batteries, here are some other tips to increase your chances of surviving a fire in your home:
Replace smoke alarms (both battery and hard wired) every ten years. The sound made during a test is not an indicator of a working sensor.
Test smoke alarms monthly. Immediately replace any smoke alarm that does not respond appropriately when tested.
Make sure alarms can be recognized and heard throughout the home. Smoke alarms should be installed per manufacturers’ instructions in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home (including the basement).
Have an escape plan with at least two ways out of every room, making sure that all doors and windows can be opened without a key or special effort. Have a meeting place outside; and when you are out…stay out!
For more information about fire safety, contact the Lee’s Summit Fire Department at (816) 969-1300, or visit www.lsfire.net.