State fire marshal reminds people to change batteries in smoke
alarms when changing the clocks
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smoke alarms critical to saving lives
[APRIL 1, 2006]
SPRINGFIELD -- State Fire Marshal David B. Foreman
reminds people to change the batteries in their smoke alarms this
weekend as they change their clocks to daylight-saving time.
"In the past three decades, residential smoke alarms have helped cut
home fire deaths by half," said Foreman. "While most homes today
have smoke alarms, not all are in working condition, because the
batteries have been removed or are depleted. We encourage people to
develop a regular routine and change the batteries in their smoke
alarms at the same time they change their clocks. It's really a very
simple thing, but it can make a life-or-death difference."
said it's also important for families to develop and practice a plan
for quick evacuation if the smoke alarm sounds. Plans should include
multiple exit routes from the house and a meeting place at a safe
distance outside the home.
Smoke alarm tips:
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Test your smoke
alarms once a month.
Don't disable smoke
alarms, even temporarily.
Replace smoke alarms
once every 10 years.
smoke alarms with "long-life" (10-year) batteries.
If you or someone in
your house is deaf or hard of hearing, consider installing an
alarm that combines flashing lights, vibration and sound.
If you're building a
new home or installing an existing one, consider installing an
automatic home fire sprinkler system. Sprinklers and smoke
alarms together cut your risk of dying in a home fire 82
percent, relative to having neither.
[News release from the
Office of the Illinois State Fire