Elgin residents are reminded to change clocks back to standard time on Sunday, Nov. 1 and to also change the batteries in each smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in their home.
“It can save lives,” said Elgin’s Assistant Chief Mike Baker.
According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) data, two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without working smoke detectors. A smoke detector warning can provide those lifesaving additional seconds that people need to get out of their homes safely in the event of a fire.
Illinois State Law requires a smoke detector within 15 feet of all sleeping areas and on every level of the residence, including basements. The Elgin Fire Department recommends that a smoke detector be placed in every bedroom for increased safety.
Illinois State Law also requires a carbon monoxide detector within 15 feet of all sleeping areas. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors should be cleaned of dust and cobwebs and tested each month to ensure they are in proper working condition. It is also recommended that you replace your smoke detectors every ten years. In addition, if you know of senior citizens who live alone, assist them with these simple and lifesaving measure.
For more information, contact Baker at (847) 931-6181.