Humboldt Bay Fire Reminds You to Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries (or Old Alarms) While You’re Changing Your Clock Back Today

This is a press release from Humboldt Bay Fire:

As the Fall time change approaches, Humboldt Bay Fire wants to remind residents to make another change, one that could save their lives—changing the batteries in their smoke alarms or replacing any smoke alarm over ten years old.

This year the day to set your clocks back, change batteries in your smoke alarms, or to replace the old alarms is Sunday, November 5th.

Nationwide, over 62% of civilian fire deaths occur in residences without working smoke alarms.

The most common reasons home smoke alarms do not function properly are:

  • Missing or disconnected battery.
  • Dead Battery
  • Batteries are removed due to a “chirping sound,” which actually indicates the battery needs to be replaced!
  • Alarms are not cleaned regularly.
  • Alarm is aged and possibly contains outdated parts or technology.  Smoke alarm replacement is recommended every ten years.
  • Improper installation or placement.

Each of these reasons is easily remedied by either simply replacing the battery or the device.

The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping.  Many people mistakenly believe they will either see the flames or smell the smoke when a fire breaks out, but most fire fatalities happen while families are asleep. Smoke by itself doesn’t provide a wake-up call, but a working smoke alarm surely does.

Take time for home fire safety; change your smoke alarm batteries.  This is also a great time to review your family’s home fire escape plan; know two ways out of each room and designate a family meeting place.



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