Fall back Saturday night: change your clock, change your batteries

Members of Massena Permanent Firefighters IAFF Local 2220 are reminding people to not only reset clocks for the end of Daylight Savings Time but to replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, too. "When you change your clocks on November 6, Wainfleet Fire and Emergency Services wants everyone to take the time to install new batteries in all alarms", said fire Chief Kevin Foster. "Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire almost in half", adds Chief Sinclair.

Before you head to the store to buy batteries, you should know that the IAFC suggests REPLACING smoke detectors and smoke alarms EVERY TEN YEARS. "Children and senior citizens are most at risk, and a working smoke alarm can give them the extra seconds they need to get out safely". Consumer Reports says it's a good idea to note in marker on the back of the alarm when you got the alarm and when you should replace it. All Consumer Reports Material Copyright 2016.

Residents are encouraged to practice a home escape route with your family at least twice a year.

Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and CO alarms now.

As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) promoted this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Don't Wait - Check the Date!"

Smoke rises; install smoke alarms following manufacturer's instructions high on a wall or on a ceiling. "It only takes a few minutes to test or change the batteries, and it's time well spent". "It's that simple", said Brian Krueger with the Greenfield Fire Department. He also stresses the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, one outside of every bedroom and one per floor.

Smoke alarms detect and alert people to fire in its early stages, giving them the time needed to escape safely. This reduces the chance of alarms chirping to indicate low batteries.

  • Aubrey Nash