Change your Clock, and Check your Batteries

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The end of daylight-saving time on Halloween brings a lot of great things. An extra hour of trick-or-treating, an extra hour at a costume party, or even an extra hour of sleep.

But as we “fall back”, this is also a good chance to make sure you are prepared for a fire emergency. Local fire departments like to remind you to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

Some other smoke alarm safety tips:

  • Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area and on every level of the home.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both  types of alarms in the home.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have stroke lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

For more information on home fire safety, or assistance with checking smoke detectors and batteries, please don’t be afraid to contact your local fire department.

Also check out your local fire department’s website for more information.

Portsmouth Fire Department

Norfolk Fire-Rescue

Hampton Fire & Rescue

Virginia Beach Fire Department

Suffolk Department of Fire & Rescue

Chesapeake Fire Department

Newport News Fire Department

Williamsburg Fire Department

Poquoson Fire & Rescue

York County Fire & Life Safety

Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department

Gloucester Fire & Rescue