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With daylight saving time near, fire officials urge smoke alarm safety

With daylight saving time near, fire officials urge smoke alarm safetyā€¯

Local agency, Vallejo fire department has urged residents in the area to do their part and not only to change their clocks for Daylight Saving Time but the batteries in their smoke alarms.

Daylight Savings begins Sunday at 2:00 a.m. Replace any smoke detectors that are more than 10 years old. The Williston Fire department says most fatal fires happen in the evening when adults and children are asleep. Working smoke alarms significantly increase your chance of surviving a deadly home fire. "If you are unsure how to check the age of your alarm you can contact us for free assistance", Hrustich added.

The reason they need to be replaced is that the smoke sensors lose sensitivity over time, according to Consumer Reports.

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Install and maintain working Smoke Alarms throughout the house.

After 10 years your smoke alarm has worked over 87,000 hours! The American Red Cross is always looking for people to join their Home Fire Preparedness Campaign Team. "The test button only confirms that the battery, electronics, and alert system are working; it doesn't mean that the smoke sensor is working".

Nan Rodriguez, who directs the program, is setting up a presentation at the Joshua Tree Mobile Home Park, where the fire occurred, to explain about smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should also be tested monthly. Whichever type of smoke alarms you choose, make sure they carry the label of a recognized testing laboratory.

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Finally, prepare and practice an escape plan so that you and your loved ones can get out of your home safely should there be a fire. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

To schedule an appointment to receive a smoke detector, call the Red Cross at 743-8671, the fire department at 751-9180 or the Bibb County coroner's office at 621-6314. If you have no detectors in your home, this would be a great time to install them.

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