Time to spring forward and check 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

The London Fire Department is reminding London residents to replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when they set their clocks ahead Sunday morning.

"Our advice is to push that little red button at least once a month, make sure that works, and then check the batteries twice a year, and time change is a great time to do not forget to do that", said Fire Chief Joseph Kitchen.

Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed where they can be easily heard, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.

Daylight saving time will end this year on November 4. The group says that any alarms or detectors that are more than 10 years old should be replaced.

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"Smoke alarms are the single most importance appliance found in every home", FASNY President Ken Pienkowski said in a statement. Alarms should also be dusted and vacuumed. Hear how this Red Cross volunteer saved his daughter's life by installing smoke alarms: https://vimeo.com/259007277. This includes smoke alarms that use 10-year batteries and/or are hard-wired.

Statistics show three out of five home fire deaths result from homes with no smoke alarm.

-Replace smoke alarms periodically. As we spring forward the National Safety Council says this is a good time to check a lot of the equipment that protects you and your home, and make sure it is in working order.

"It's important for everyone to make sure their household is ready", said Mike Masto, regional disaster officer in Colorado and Wyoming.

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This also would be great time for families to sit down and create a home escape plan.

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.

"You want to have a common understanding and meeting plan where everyone should go" in the event of a fire, said Roger Sigular, battalion fire chief with the Jamestown Fire Department. "At least twice a year, conduct a home fire drill at night so the kids recognize the sound of the smoke alarms and teach them to respond instinctively to their signal by exiting the home".

People can download the Red Cross Emergency app as well as visit this website to find out more about protecting not only themselves from house fires, but loved ones as well.

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