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Posted on: November 2, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Don't Forget to Change Your Clocks...AND Your Smoke Alarm Batteries

As the country moves back to standard time this weekend, the Elgin Fire Department is reminding residents to take this opportunity to also replace smoke alarm batteries.

“Working smoke alarms increase the chances of surviving a deadly home fire,” said Elgin Fire Chief John Fahy. “Smoke alarm batteries that are more than a year old should be replaced.”

The fire department is also recommending that smoke alarms be dusted or vacuumed and that they are tested once a month using the alarm’s test button.

“The entire system should be replaced if it’s more than 10-years old and doesn’t work properly,” said Fahy. “And everyone should know how to get out if the home’s smoke alarm sounds.”

Fahy recommends families develop a plan of action so everyone knows how to easily and quickly escape should the smoke alarm be triggered.

“Families should also practice their escape plan,” said Fahy. “Plan to meet in a safe place outside and away from the fire.”

For more information, go to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) website at www.usfa.fema.gove/smokelarms.

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