Firefighters Recommend Replacing Smoke Alarm Batteries During Daylight Saving Time Weekend
INDIANAPOLIS – Fire officials say the weekend of Daylight Saving Time is when you should replace the batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home and test them to make sure they are all working properly.
"Take that time, go to the store, get some fresh nine-volt batteries [and] change them out. Then, you're worry-free at that point as long as you continue to test those on a monthly basis," says Wayne Township Fire Captain Mike Pruitt.
Firefighters recommend that you inspect all of your smoke alarms and replace any that were manufactured more than ten years ago. You can check the back of the smoke alarm to find the date when the device was manufactured.
Pruitt also recommends going over the fire escape plan in your home with your family.
"It's just like firefighters training on a weekly basis. We do that so when we get into a tense situation where there's an emergency occurring, we react the way we've trained," according to Pruitt, who says your family members will be more calm and react more quickly to escape a house fire if an emergency plan has been practiced beforehand.
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