Vernon Fire Rescue reminds: check smoke detectors as you change clocks

Check your smoke detectors

Don't forget to change your clocks this weekend – or to check your smoke detectors.

As B.C. switches to back to standard time Saturday night and we roll our clocks back one hour, Vernon Fire Rescue Services reminds residents to check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors for dead batteries and expiration dates. 

“Remember, working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors save lives!” says Fire Chief David Lind.

The National Fire Protection Association provides these safety reminders: 

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms. 
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound. 
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working. 
  • Current alarms on the market employ different types of technology including multi-sensing, which could include smoke and carbon monoxide combined. 
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 metres) from the stove. 
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers. 
  • Replace smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

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