Fire Officials Say to Check Smoke Alarm Batteries when Daylight Savings Begins

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An average of three children per day die in home fires and 80 percent of those occur in homes without working smoke alarms.

Every alarm should have its date of manufacture displayed on the back.

∫ Smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium battery: Test the alarm each month.

Firefighters will also install smoke detectors for the elderly or disabled living in Beckley city limits for free.

If the alarm does not sound, Merriman says that it's time for the batteries to be changed. "Unfortunately, we still see fires that result in tragedy from the absence of smoke alarms or improper upkeep of them. So whether the batteries are working fine or not, we recommend to have fresh batteries in there to ensure that it's good and ready to go".

"Smoke alarms are your first line of defense when it comes to letting you know there is a fire in your home". And along with that comes the message to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. In addition to helping save lives, the Red Cross and partners have installed more than 1.1 million smoke alarms since the start of the campaign.

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

The average smoke alarm should be replaced every 10 years.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.

While you're at it, Chief Drouard says it's also a good idea to work out an escape plan with your family.

For the best protection, equip your home with a combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual-sensor alarms.

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