Day Light Savings is the Time to Check Smoke Detectors

by Danielle Cotterman on March 7, 2012 at 3:41 am

Day Light Savings is this Sunday and while you turn your clocks forward the Zanesville Fire Department wants to remind you to also change your smoke detector batteries.

It’s recommended the batteries in a smoke detector are changed every six months. Firefighter Kenny Jones said it’s a simple chore that can be life saving.

"There has been numerous fires where the people have gotten out because of one of these," said Jones. "I mean, your not going to save your possessions all the time, you can replace that stuff, you can’t replace a life, so if this saves one life it’s well worth what it costs for a battery."

Jones said far too often people will remove the batteries from their smoke detector to use in other appliances, like remotes or toys, and then forget to replace them.

"It has happened where there has been fires, the smoke detector didn’t work because the battery was taken out for toys and this is more important than that toy."

Smoke Detectors are available for free through most local fire departments. If you’re unable to install the device or to replace the batteries on your own the Zanesville Fire Department will gladly come out and do it for you.

For more information, call the Zanesville Fire Department at (740) 455-0700.