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3/23/2010 4:45:00 PM
Change smoke detector batteries when turning clocks forward
CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department Chief John R. Hawkins wants to remind residents to replace the batteries in all smoke detectors since turning their clocks forward on March 14, in observance of Daylight Saving Time.
CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department Chief John R. Hawkins wants to remind residents to replace the batteries in all smoke detectors since turning their clocks forward on March 14, in observance of Daylight Saving Time.
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CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department Chief John R. Hawkins wants to remind residents to replace the batteries in all smoke detectors since turning their clocks forward on March 14, in observance of Daylight Saving Time.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 66 percent of home fire deaths that occurred between 2003-2006 were in homes without a working smoke alarm. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.Several fatalities and injuries have already occurred in Riverside County this year, which may have been prevented if there had been working smoke detectors in the homes.

A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Whether you're awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.

Smoke alarms must be maintained. A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as having no smoke alarm at all, so test your smoke alarm monthly by pushing the "test" button, if it has one.

Smoke alarms either are powered by a battery or are hardwired into your home's electrical system. Hardwired smoke alarms are usually equipped with a backup battery. If your smoke alarm is powered by battery, the battery needs to be replaced annually unless it is a long-life battery


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