SARASOTA COUNTY – The end of daylight saving time Sunday, Nov. 4 also marks the time to check and replace batteries in smoke alarms. Sarasota County Fire Department personnel reminds the public that taking these safety precautions could help protect loved ones and homes.
According to Sarasota County Fire Chief Michael Regnier, smoke alarms can save lives, as a properly installed and maintained smoke alarm in a home will provide an early warning and a chance to escape.
Chief Regnier recommends the following tips to ensure safety:
- Install smoke alarms on every level of the home near the sleeping area.
- Make a habit to replace the batteries in all smoke alarms when adjusting clocks for the time changes.
- Keep smoke alarms clean, as dust debris can interfere with how smoke alarms work.
- The “chirping” noise made by a smoke alarm means its battery power is low. Replace the battery right away.
- Smoke alarms do wear out and should be replaced every 10 years. Write the installation date on the back of your smoke alarm with a marker to help remember when it should be replaced.
- Make sure your family has a plan, and practice that plan regularly.
- Remember to know two ways out of every room, and go to your outside meeting place with your family.
- Once outside, stay outside. Never go back into a burning building, and wait for the fire department.
If you cannot afford a smoke alarm or need additional information on smoke alarms, contact the Sarasota County Fire Prevention Office at 941-861-2290.
Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs or activities.
View the complete policy at www.scgov.net. (Keywords ADA Compliance)