With the upcoming time change, the Reno Fire Department says it’s a good easy reminder when changing clocks to replace the batteries in smoke alarms.
In a fire, working smoke alarms in a home can mean the difference between life or death. “Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained provide an early warning signal which could allow everyone in the home to safely escape,” advised Interim Reno Fire Marshal Dave Cochran. While current code requires a smoke alarm in every sleeping area, Cochran points out that the minimum protection for homes is one smoke alarm outside of each sleeping room, and one on each level of the home including the basement.
Residents should use batteries recommended by the manufacturer and make sure they are firmly connected to the smoke alarm contacts. Remember if a smoke alarm starts making “chirping” noise, it’s a signal battery levels are low and need to be replaced. Dusting smoke detector surfaces and vacuuming the air vents regularly will keep dust and spider webs from fouling detection elements or causing false alarms. All smoke alarms should be tested monthly and new batteries should be installed at least once a year.
Residents wanting more information on smoke alarms or fire safety can contact the Reno Fire Department’s Division of Fire Prevention at 334-2300.