Take a Moment When Daylight Savings Begins to Check Your Smoke Alarms
- Posted by admin
- On March 8, 2017
- Chatham, Information, Safety, Smoke Alarms, Windsor
Fahrhall Home Comfort Specialists works hard to keep you and your family safe and comfortable with all of your heating and cooling needs. That’s why we want to bring awareness to the Daylight Saving Time “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign. The goal of this campaign is to encourage people to get in the habit of regularly replacing smoke alarm (and carbon monoxide detector) batteries.
According to the Windsor Fire & Rescue Services website, house fires today burn faster than they did 30 years ago. In most instances, you only have about 3 minutes to safely evacuate, so it is essential that there are working smoke alarms present in your home. In Ontario, about half of fatal house fires have no smoke alarm warning. Many times, it’s not because there wasn’t one installed, but because the batteries were dead or missing in the unit.
On Sunday, start a new tradition of replacing smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries when you change clocks for the start of Daylight Saving Time. Getting into the routine of changing batteries twice a year will go a long way to ensure that your home will be protected and your family safe.
In addition to replacing batteries, familiarize yourself with these additional tips from Windsor Fire & Rescue Services:
- Never paint a smoke alarm as the paint can seal the vents and interfere with the sensor’s ability to work correctly.
- Clean the exterior of smoke alarms to remove dirt and grease. Use a damp cloth and a soft bristle vacuum to prevent dust buildup in the unit.
- Replace alarms every 10 years or so, or if they fail to function when performing a monthly test.
Fahrhall has provided reliable heating, cooling, plumbing and air quality service and installation in Windsor-Essex County since 1967. We hope you will participate in the Daylight Saving Time, “Change Your Clocks, Change Your Battery” campaign to keep your family safe.
Contact us today with any questions you have and to learn about how to keep your family safe with the Nest Protect Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Detector, the smart alarm technology that works with your smartphone to keep your home safe.
Updated: March 2020