Daylight savings time begins March 12th and Fire Chief Scott Goldstein is urging all residents to test and check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working and up-to-date when they change their clocks this weekend.
Did you know the peak time for home ﬁre fatalities is between 11 pm and 6 am when most families are sleeping? A working smoke alarm dramatically increases the chance for survival and provides advance warning of a ﬁre resulting in more time to react and put a home escape plan into action. Help keep your family safe by following these ﬁre safety tips:
1. Install smoke alarms on all levels of your home, including the basement and in all sleeping areas.
2. Test smoke alarms each month to ensure they are working. Replace batteries annually, as needed or required by manufacturer.3. Plan and practice home fire drills regularly. Decide in advance who will help family members that may need assistance escaping (young children, older adults or people with disabilities).
4. Retire old smoke alarms and replace with new ones every 10 years, or as recommended by the manufacturer.
5. Make sure children recognize the sound of your smoke alarm and how to respond to its signal.
6. Know your battery type. Smoke alarms equipped with 10-year batteries are becoming more common. Check your smoke alarms to see what type of battery it has. The 10-year batteries don’t need to be replaced annually, but the entire smoke alarm does need to be replaced every ten years. Maryland’s new law (effective 1/1/2018) affects battery-operated smoke alarms and requires that alarms have SEALED IN, 10-year long life batteries which last for the life of the alarm. Do the math – that’s 10 years.
Got questions? Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service is here to help! Call 311 or visit us on line to schedule your free home safety check. Be sure to bookmark our website for year-round safety information at www.mcfrs.org/mcsafe.