Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
U.S. | By Jeffery Vega

With daylight saving time near, fire officials urge smoke alarm safety

With daylight saving time near, fire officials urge smoke alarm safety

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, 71 percen of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries, Yaiser said.

If the council has grounds to believe a landlord is in breach of the regulations it will serve a notice requiring them to install and test the required alarms.

Temple Fire and Rescue issued a press release on Thursday, offering tips to residents regarding smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Use the smoke alarm's hush feature to silence nuisance alarms.

Remember, preventing a tragedy can be as simple as checking your alarm and batteries monthly and changing your batteries at least once a year.

And if you don't have smoke alarms, no problem.

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Home owners are legally required to have smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside of all sleeping areas.

I caught up with Tannur Oakes from the Red Cross for Patrick Barnes' smoke alarm installation. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. If you need to mount it on a wall it should be no fewer than 4 inches or no more than 12 inches below the ceiling. Since inception, over 133,000 smoke alarms have been distributed across the state, with 177 documented alerts and saves resulting from the program. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for placement and mounting height.

"It's just a shame" when a smoke alarm is not available to warn someone that their home is on fire, she said.

Working smoke alarms provide a critical early warning to a fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, which increase your chances of survival.

Make a plan. Have all household members plan what steps they should take if an emergency occurs. Agree on a meeting place outside where everyone can meet after exiting the home.

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