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By Martine Wolfe-Miller, Communications Officer
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (October 29, 2015) – The Mount Pleasant Fire Department reminds you to “Change Your Clock - Change Your Battery” on Sunday, Nov. 1 as you move your clock back one hour and mark the end to Daylight Savings Time.
"A working smoke detector more than doubles a person's chances of surviving a home fire," says Chief Herb Williams. “Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. We invite you to visit our multimedia center online at www.tompsc.com to view helpful videos on fire safety.”
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests the following safety tips:
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
- An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires, and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, either types of alarms or a combination alarm (photoelectric and ionization) should be installed in homes.
- Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
- Smoke rises; install smoke alarms following manufacturer's instructions high on a wall or on a ceiling. Save manufacturer's instructions for testing and maintenance.
- Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps”, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
- Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond properly.
- Alarms that are hard-wired (and include battery backup) must be installed by a qualified electrician.
- If cooking fumes or steam sets off nuisance alarms, replace the alarm with an alarm that has a "hush" button. A "hush" button will reduce the alarm’s sensitivity for a short period of time.
- Smoke alarms are available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These devices use strobe lights. Vibration devices can be added to these alarms.
For more information about fire smoke detectors, visit us online at www.tompsc.com and click on our Media Center to view our helpful fire safety videos. Like us on Facebook @mountpleasantfd and follow us on Twitter @mountpleasantfd.