From a Renton Regional Fire Authority press release:
Daylight saving time starts Sunday, March 11, and it’s a good time for people to check and change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This process is quick and easy and it could save a life!
People may not realize that smoke alarms have to be maintained. Having a dead or missing battery in a smoke alarm is the same as not having one at all.
A smoke alarm will only work efficiently if it is properly installed and maintained. Smoke alarms can have different types of power sources. While some are hard-wired, others rely on different types of batteries. It is important to maintain smoke alarms by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Renton Regional Fire Authority Fire Chief Rick Marshall says, “A working smoke alarm in your home is crucial to keeping your loved ones safe. Fires are fast moving and can be deadly. A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm will give you early warning – allowing you time to get out.”
Renton Fire Offers the Following Tips:
• Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. • Install alarms on every level of the home; large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
• Test your smoke alarms at least monthly by pressing the test button.
• There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. We recommend using both in your home.
• When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
• Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
If you do not have smoke alarms and need assistance, please contact our Fire Marshal’s Office at 425-430-7043 – we may be able to provide one to you. For more smoke alarm safety tips, please visit our website at www.RentonRFA.com or follow us on Facebook at Renton Regional Fire Authority.