Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

POSTED BY: Katie Jeffries
Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 07:21 PM
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Chief Lacy speaks about smoke detectors

This is the weekend that most of the country returns to Eastern Standard Time. As you set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night, fire officials also want to remind you to change your smoke detector battery.

It is all part of the "change your clock, change your battery" program. Fire Chief Dave Lacy says all you have to do is take the detector down from the ceiling, pop out the old battery and install a fresh one and clean the detector before you put it back.

"It is also recommended that while you have the detector down changing the battery, that you take your vacuum cleaner and use the brush attachment and go over that detector and remove any cobwebs or insects on anything that might have crawled into it," says Chief Lacy.

Chief Lacy says this simple process could save your life.

"We still find out on a national level that they figure about 2/3 of where fires occur in residential structures, don't have detectors so it is just so important that people have a smoke detector in their home," tells Chief Lacy.

Chief Lacy also recommends testing your smoke detector once a month. He says holding down the test button for 5 seconds will let you know if your smoke detector is functioning properly.


Katie Jeffries

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