Check smoke detectors before time change this weekend

Lexington firefighters giving away free smoke alarms

Your Garden City professional fire fighters remind you to not only change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time but the check your smoke alarms, too.

Most newer models of smoke alarms come with batteries that will last 10 years but must be tested weekly; older models have batteries that must be changed regularly to ensure they work properly.

"Smoke alarms are an low-cost tool for early fire detection that every home should have", says Shawswick VFD firefighter Bob Brown. There's a short form to fill out for tracking purposes.

If a smoke detector starts to beep to warn about a low battery life you should replace the batteries and not just take them out to stop the alarm, fire officials said.

Firefighters say they see a lot of fires that start from small electronics and chargers.

"Anyone who has a battery-powered smoke alarm who now has a 9 volt smoke alarm".

If you're renting an apartment or house, contact your landlord to get set up with a smoke detector. These types of alarms may not require a battery change for the life of the unit. The goal is to provide and install lithium battery smoke alarms, regardless of race, income or demographics.

Smoke alarms should be installed in several around the home, including inside and outside of sleeping areas and one every level of the home, including the basement if there is one.

Plans should include at least two different ways each family member could escape various parts of the home.

In addition to protecting your family through the use of smoke alarms, Brown recommends reviewing your home fire escape plan with family members. They say since recent events the calls have increased and she says they're going to need help from the community.

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