Friday, 21 September, 2018

Change your clocks, check your smoke alarms

Daylight Saving Time an Opportunity to Check on Smoke, Carbon Monoxide Detectors Reminder: Change clock and check alarm batteries this weekend
Faye Gross | 11 March, 2018, 01:11

The American Red Cross says now is the flawless time for your family to make an escape plan.

In 2017, approximately 94 residential fires in Georgia resulted in 112 deaths.

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.

Smoke alarms aren't effective if they aren't working properly.

Smoke alarms should be placed inside and outside each bedroom or sleeping area; half of home fire deaths occur during sleeping hours and the early morning.

Every day, 7 people in this country die from a home fire; another 36 people are injured, and home fires cause billions of dollars in property damage every year.

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Low-Income Households - Many low-income families are unable to afford batteries for their smoke alarms. Alarms are usually good for about 10 years.

"It's important for everyone to make sure their household is ready", said Stella Kim, Red Cross Preparedness and Partnership Manager for Georgia.

In addition, Ontario regulations require carbon monoxide alarms to be installed outside all sleeping areas in homes that have fuel fired appliances, a fireplace, or an attached garage.

Test alarms once a month using the test button.

In case of fire, call 9-1-1 once you are safely outside your home. Help your firefighters by remaining together outside the home and direct them to any endangered family members when they arrive. "A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time".

Locally, the Union County office of the American Red Cross has a supply of smoke alarms available without charge.

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