Change Smoke Alarm Batteries This Weekend When Setting Clocks One Hour Ahead
As you set your clocks one hour ahead this weekend, Clark County Fire Department officials are reminding the public to take a few extra minutes to change the batteries in the smoke detectors in your home.
The Fire Department responds each year to false fire alarms triggered by low-battery signals from smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Low batteries can cause alarms to sound, prompting residents to call 9-1-1 when a real fire emergency does not exist. Fire officials say smoke detectors should be tested monthly and have their batteries changed as often as twice a year to ensure a working system.
“Smoke detectors are inexpensive and time-tested fire safety devices that belong in every home,” said Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington. “Smoke detectors have proven to reduce fire fatalities by 50 percent. Changing the batteries at the beginning and end of daylight saving time gives residents easy to remember dates to start, or continue, this life-saving habit.”
Time moves forward one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10 with the beginning of daylight saving time. Time falls back one hour when standard time returns on Sunday, Nov. 3. Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan. Installation suggestions include:
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home.
- An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires, and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more response to smoldering fires. For the best protection, use both types of alarms or a combination alarm.
- 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.
- If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
- Smoke alarms are available for people who are hearing impaired. These devices use strobe lights. Vibration devices also can be added to these alarms.
Additionally, residents are encouraged to practice a home escape route with your family at least twice a year. Planning includes identifying all possible exists and escape routes in your home, drawing up a plan, and discussing it with everyone in your household. It’s best to know at least two ways out of every room, if possible, and to make sure all the doors and windows leading outside open easily. A meeting place should be designated a safe distance outside your home where everyone can gather in the event of an emergency.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 14th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 42 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.