“Change Your Clock-Change Your Battery”
The Wichita Fire Department is reminding residents to stay safe by changing the battery in their smoke alarm, when they turn their clocks back on Sunday. It only takes a few minutes and it’s the best defense families have against the devastating effects of a fire.
House fires typically occur between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping. With children and senior citizens being the most at risk, a working smoke alarm can give them extra time to escape the home. Families are also encouraged to take time to plan and practice their escape routes.
Following are tips regarding smoke alarms and fire safety:
- Install a smoke alarm on each level of a home. For additional protection, install one in each bedroom.
- Test and clean smoke alarms once a month. Dust and cobwebs can impair the alarms.
- Replace batteries twice a year or when the alarm “chirps” which indicates a low battery.
- Replace smoke alarms according to the manufacturer’s specification, or at least every 10 years.
- Plan regular fire drills to ensure everyone knows what to do in case the alarm sounds. Hold several practices at night.
- Meet at a pre-determined location: Once outside, stay outside.