Fire Officials Remind to Check Smoke Detector Batteries This Weekend

Red Cross urges residents to test smoke alarms

It's recommended that people change the batteries in their alarms twice a year.

One million free smoke alarms have been installed and 285 lives have been saved, due to the direct efforts of the volunteers and community partners who have participated in the Home Fire Campaign.

Check if your alarms have "hush buttons" so you don't ever have to remove a battery to silence a nuisance alarm. "In fact, working smoke alarms increase your chance of survival by 50 percent".

For residents who do not have smoke detectors or can not install them, the Red Cross is offering free smoke alarms to anyone who needs one.

Under the direction of the Rowlett Fire Marshal's office, Fire Corps volunteers have been conducting the Blitz for several years and are making Rowlett more resilient and fire safe. So far in 2017, there's a reported total through NFIRS of 61 civilian residential fire fatalities and 9,122 residential fires in MI. Beginning in 2002, smoke alarms include a manufacture date marked on the outside of the device. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery. Plans should include at least two different ways each family member could escape various parts of the home.

There are some new smoke and CO alarms that come with a sealed 10-year lithium battery.


- Choose alarms that bear the label of a recognized testing laboratory.

"Home safety is at the core of everything we do, however as the colder weather approaches the risk of fire and carbon monoxide in the home naturally increases", Assistant Chief Chris Case said Friday. It is called a "Dual Sensor Smoke Alarm". You can not see or smell carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed on every level of the home and outside sleeping areas. A working smoke alarm is your first line of defense.

In order for a home escape plan to be successful Zwiebel says it must be put together and practice by the entire family.

"We haven't had to use that fire place in a long time", said Public Education Officer for the Davenport Fire Prevention Bureau, Zach Soliz.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Christian Atsu Substituted In Newcastle's Shock Home Defeat By Bournemouth
Nov 05, 2017 - 02:54
United had played with pace and goal , but Bournemouth rallied before the interval. He added: " Callum Wilson was excellent, you miss chances, it happens".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Aaron Rodgers said he could return this season 'if it makes sense'
Nov 05, 2017 - 02:50
With the Vikings having a 2.5-game lead and a bye this week, it's a big mountain for the Packers to climb without Rodgers. Speaking up for the first time since the injury occurred, Rodgers shared this update on a potential return to the field.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mother Fatally Shoots Daughters While They Slept
Nov 05, 2017 - 02:49
Upon their arrival, deputies said a male and female said everything was fine and authorities left the scene. I woke up and she came in there [and] said, 'Babe, I just shot the kids.' And I didn't want to believe it.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Asos (LON:ASC) Rating Reiterated at Shore Capital Today
Nov 05, 2017 - 02:48
Kepler Capital Markets upgraded BP p.l.c. from a reduce rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. The price target suggests a potential upside of 29.08 % from the previous stock close of Glaxosmithkline (LON: GSK ).

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'Hindu terrorism' remark: Varanasi court to hear case against Kamal Haasan today
Nov 05, 2017 - 02:46
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy responded to Haasan's claim of "Hindu terror" and called him a "morally corrupt person". He reportedly lambasted them saying they have started resorting to terrorism to propagate their communal agenda.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Hot Stock to Watch: Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISCA)
Nov 05, 2017 - 02:44
Ballentine Partners LLC bought a new stake in Discovery Communications during the second quarter worth approximately $133,000. BidaskClub downgraded Discovery Communications from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Thursday, July 27th.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'Lion King' live-action cast revealed, including Beyoncé as Nala
Nov 05, 2017 - 02:41
With me and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumba! JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph will play Young Simba and Nala . Beyonce is to star in a remake of Disney's " The Lion King ", directed by Jon Favreau .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nadal Pulls Out Of Paris Masters With Knee Injury
Nov 05, 2017 - 02:36
Nadal will next face Pablo Cuevas , as the Uruguayan saw off Nadal's compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1), 6-2. Nadal was quoted to be saying by PTI, "Yesterday (Thursday), the pain was very strong but it was not the moment to stop".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Residents of Chennai flee flooded homes as rains continue
Nov 05, 2017 - 02:33
An IANS report quotes official sources stating that the number of rain-related deaths in the Tamil Nadu has risen to 14 so far. Chennai-based India off-spinner faced some hardship while driving back home yesterday but urged residents not to panic.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top OnePlus 5T Name, 3.5mm Jack Presence All But Confirmed
Nov 05, 2017 - 02:18
And if you prefer wireless headphones, our flagships have excellent Bluetooth capability for this choice. This is one of those times when we respectfully disagree on what it means to be courageous.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Wizards' Wall questionable for Sunday's game in Toronto
Nov 05, 2017 - 02:18
Wall and Beal, though, don't lack for confidence, nor should they. "I don't have a comment about that", James said. Whenever we have lapses against those teams we should beat, it's because we don't get off to a great start.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Both Bush presidents bash 'blowhard' Donald Trump as unfit for the presidency
Nov 05, 2017 - 02:17
After Trump said , "I'm my own advisor", Bush quipped: "Wow, this guy really doesn't understand the job of president". But in the new book , George Bush Sr confirmed that he voted for the rival party's candidate in Hillary Clinton .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Preity Zinta saddened by demise of Quaid's daughter Dina
Nov 05, 2017 - 02:10
The last time Dina visited Pakistan was in 2004, accompanied by her son Nusli Wadia and her grand children Jehangir and Ness. Jinnah, in his will, had left the $400 million property for his sister Fatima, who died shortly after his demise .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'House Of Cards' Will Not Continue With Kevin Spacey, Netflix Confirm
Nov 05, 2017 - 02:05
Variety is reporting that Spacey's publicist and talent agency have also severed ties with Spacey who is now seeking treatment. The Old Vic theater, where Spacey served as artistic director between 2004 and 2015, distanced itself from the actor .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Lebanese prime minister suggests he fears for his life, resigns
Nov 05, 2017 - 01:59
In tweets after meeting Hariri, al-Sabhan criticized the Lebanese government for tolerating Hezbollah's criticism of the kingdom. The coalition government he led brought together nearly all of the main political parties in Lebanon, including Hezbollah.