Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

Working smoke alarms can help you and your family safely escape a home fire. When you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time, make sure to change your batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71 percent of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. And about three out of five home fire deaths occurred where there were either no smoke alarms or they were not properly working.

There should be one smoke alarm in every bedroom, along with an alarm outside each sleeping area, on each story of the home. A carbon monoxide alarm should be installed on each floor, outside of each separate sleeping area. All alarms should have a California State Fire Marshal seal. In addition to changing the batteries twice a year, it is also important to check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly by pressing the test button. Replace the entire alarm if it's more than 10 years old or doesn't work properly when tested. For more information, call the City of Folsom Fire Department at 916-984-2280.                                      

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