Change your clocks, check your smoke alarms

Change your clocks, check your smoke alarms

Change your clocks, check your smoke alarms

The organization representing New York's volunteer fire fighters is reminding residents to check their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure they're in working order.

Ontario law requires people to have working smoke alarms on every level of their homes and outside all sleeping areas. The National Fire Protection Association recommends the unit be replaced if it is more than 10 years old.

Smoke detectors are getting "more efficient" as well, says Yancey. Eighty percent of fatal home fire victims who were children were killed in homes without working smoke alarms. Alarms are usually good for about 10 years.

"Also, we will install smoke alarms in homes particular in at risk populations".

NEVER paint a smoke or CO alarm.

OR law requires ionization-only smoke alarms that are exclusively battery powered to come equipped with a hush feature and a 10-year battery.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. If someone doesn't have smoke alarms, they should install them.

Low-Income Households - Many low-income families are unable to afford batteries for their smoke alarms.

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They also say don't forget about carbon monoxide detectors and any other safety devices this weekend, "Today" reported.

All clocks should be set forward one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11.

The age and expiration date of a smoke alarm can be found on the back, where the manufacture date is marked, according to the agency.

Plan and practice two escape routes out of every room in your house. Replace the batteries every year.

Sound the Alarm is part of the ongoing Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, launched in 2014 and already credited with saving 381 lives across the country.

- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.

Local responders say even if you check your detectors regularly, you should still put fresh batteries in every six months.

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