McKINNEY, Texas (Oct. 30, 2015) – As residents turn their clocks back one hour on Sunday, Nov. 1, the McKinney Fire Department (MFD) reminds residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends testing smoke alarms monthly and replacing batteries annually, preferably on a designated date such as the end of Daylight Savings Time.
“The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are sleeping. Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half,” Stacie Durham, Public Information Officer for the MFD said.
In addition to changing your smoke alarm batteries, the MFD also recommends:
- Replacing the entire alarm if it is more than 10 years old or doesn’t work properly when tested
- Installing smoke alarms on every level of your home, both inside and outside of sleeping areas
- Installing both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor alarms, which detect slow, smoldering fires, as well as fast, flaming fires
- Interconnecting smoke alarms throughout your home so that when one sounds, they all sound
- Dusting or vacuuming smoke alarms when you change the batteries.
By taking simple steps, your chances of surviving a fire improve greatly. For additional information on fire and life safety, to request a program for your group or organization, or to schedule a fire safety visit to your home, visit www.mckinneyfire.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 972-547-2893.
City of McKinney Press Release