STOW – As daylight saving time comes to an end, Fire Chief Joe Landry and the Stow Fire Department would like to remind residents to check the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when resetting their clocks this weekend.
Daylight saving time ends on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 a.m., and clocks will move back one hour at that time.
Under state fire code, smoke and CO alarms are required to be equipped with 10-year lithium batteries, but they should still be tested regularly.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), having working smoke alarms reduces the risk of dying in a fire by 50 percent and, on average, three out of every five fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Additionally, dead batteries are the cause of 25 percent of smoke alarm failures.
“If a fire occurs, having properly functioning smoke detectors could be the difference between life and death,” said Chief Landry “To remain safe and free from injury, residents are encouraged to change their batteries twice a year, along with replacing smoke alarms every ten years.”
In order to continue to keep your home safe and prevent fires, Chief Landry recommends that residents follow safety tips outlined by NFPA:
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month using the test button. Replace alarms immediately if they don’t respond properly when tested.
- Replace batteries in smoke and CO alarms when you change your clocks.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they reach 10 years old. Replace CO detectors according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area, on every level of the home, and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For the best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
- If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay in that spot until emergency personnel arrive.
- Develop and practice a home escape plan with all members of the household
The battery replacement process is fairly simple and batteries can be purchased for most units at a local hardware, grocery or convenience store.
For more information on smoke detector and CO alarm safety, visit the NFPA website or contact the Stow Fire Department at 978-897-4537.