Change your clock, change your batteries
Firefighters: Smoke detectors should get attention this weekend as well as clocks
COATESVILLE >> Coatesville Firefighters (IAFF Local 3790) remind the public to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when they change their clocks this weekend.
Two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoking alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). The NFPA reports that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.
“Saving your life can be as simple as changing your smoke alarm batteries once a year and replacing smoke alarms every seven to 10 years,” said Jim Lentz, a 16-year veteran firefighter with IAFF Local 3790.
IAFF Local 3790 members cited research showing that photoelectric smoke alarms are more effective at warning people of smoke from smoldering fires than ionization smoke alarms. With earlier warning, firefighters said that people have more time to escape a burning structure and to call 911. Special smoke alarms are available for those who are deaf or hearing-impaired.
IAFF Local 3790 representatives said local fire fighters recommend installing a dualpurpose smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside of every bedroom and on each floor of your home.
“You should also install carbon monoxide alarms in your home and check them once a month,” said Mike Pawlowski, Coatesville IAFF president.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible poisonous gas that has no odor can be lethal. CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
More than 2,300 people die each year in home fires. Having a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm that works 24 hours a day greatly increases chances of survival in the event of a house fire.
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“Saving your life can be as simple as changing your smoke alarm batteries once a year and replacing smoke alarms every seven to 10 years.” — Jim Lentz, IAFF Local 3790 firefighter