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A Reminder to Change the Batteries in your Smoke Detectors and CO Detectors

posted Nov 7, 2010, 7:06 AM by Darren White   [ updated Nov 7, 2010, 7:26 AM ]
Daylight Saving time ends Sunday, November 7, and with that, the Long Reach Fire Department is  encouraging residents to change their smoke-detector and carbon-monoxide batteries.

Even “hard-wired” smoke detectors that are plugged in to the home's electrical supply typically have a 9-volt backup battery to keep the detectors operating in case of a power outage. Often they will “chirp” when the batteries are dying — that means to change the batteries, don't disconnect or disable the devices! 

When changing batteries, make sure to test the audible siren by pushing the button; check that the vents are clean and not clogged with dust; and check the manufacture date. Typically, smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years, and carbon-monoxide detectors should be replaced every five years.

Both smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors should be placed on every level of the home as well as inside every bedroom. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper installation.

In addition to changing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, the LRFD would like to encourage families to plan and practice a home-escape plan.
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