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.

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