SARASOTA COUNTY – With the end of daylight saving time on Sunday, Nov. 3, the Sarasota County Fire Department is encouraging residents to use the time change as a helpful reminder to test and change batteries in smoke alarms. According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms, or non-working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms can save lives by giving residents an early warning and a chance to safely escape. It is also a good reminder to change the batteries inside weather radios, which can keep you informed in the event of severe weather. According to Sarasota County Fire Chief Michael Regnier, these safety tips could save lives:
- The “chirping” noise smoke alarms make could mean the battery power is low. Replace the battery
as soon as possible.
- Replace the batteries in smoke alarms when adjusting your clocks for the time change.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside sleeping areas. This is especially important if you sleep with the bedroom door closed.
- Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years, as they do wear out. Writing the purchase date on the back of the smoke alarm will help you remember when to replace it.
- Keep smoke alarms clean. Dust can interfere with how smoke alarms work, so it helps to regularly clean them.
If you cannot afford a smoke alarm or would like more information on smoke alarms, contact Sarasota County Fire Prevention Office at 941-861-2290.
For additional information regarding weather radios, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit www.scgov.net.