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Daylight-saving time fire safety reminder

by Tech. Sgt. Samuel O'neal
6th Civil Engineer Squadron, Fire Prevention

MacDill's Fire Department would like to encourage everyone to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clocks. It can be so easy to forget otherwise. A working smoke detector more than doubles a person's chances of surviving a home fire. More than 90 percent of homes in the United States have smoke detectors, but one-third is estimated to have worn-out or missing batteries. Replacing batteries in home smoke alarms will be a common ritual for many people as daylight-saving time ends Sunday. But if smoke alarms in your home are more than 10 years old, The National Fire Protection Association recommends replacing them, as well.

Why? According to NFPA, aging smoke alarms don't operate as efficiently and often are the source for nuisance alarms. Older smoke alarms are estimated to have a 30 percent probability of failure within the first 10 years. Newer smoke alarms do better, but should be replaced after 10 years. Unless you know that the smoke alarms are new, replacing them when moving into a new residence is also recommended by NFPA. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Fire Prevention at 828-4236/2877.




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