Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

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For Immediate Release: March 6, 2015

"Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery"

AFD reminds residents to "Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery"

Daylight saving time 2015 will begin on Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 a.m. That means it's time to spring forward with fire safety. Two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoking alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). Having working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Below are some useful fire safety tips.  

  • Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home, as well as inside of all sleeping areas.
  • You should test your smoke alarms each month.
  • You should lightly dust or vacuum your smoke alarm after each test.
  • The entire smoke alarm should be replaced every 8-10 years.
  • Your family should plan and practice a home escape plan during your smoke alarm testing routine.
  • There should be a smoke alarm on every level of your home.
  • You should place a smoke alarm in each bedroom.
  • You should not install smoke alarms near fireplaces or wood stoves or in the kitchen; they tend to false alarm more frequently in those areas.
  • Install smoke alarms at least three feet away from any air return or air vent.
  • If you have to install your smoke alarm on a wall, it should be placed four to 12 inches below the ceiling.

For more additional information visit www.alexandriava.gov/fire and follow us on twitter @AlexandriaVAFD.

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