Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis encouraged Floridians to check their smoke alarms as they adjust their clocks when Daylight Saving Time comes to an end at 2 a.m. on Sunday.
Floridians should replace batteries in all smoke alarms as needed and test them to ensure they are working properly. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends you test your smoke alarm at least once a month and replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years. In addition, according to the NFPA, roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
“When you turn your clocks an hour back this weekend, it’s a great time to change the batteries in your smoke alarm and to test the alarm to make sure it’s working properly. The end of Daylight Saving Time is also a great time to review your emergency plans with your family to ensure your loved ones are prepared in the event of a house fire or other emergency. Check with senior family members and neighbors as well to ensure their alarms are in working order,” Patronis said on Friday.
The CFO’s office released the following smoke alarm tips:
1. Smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month or more frequently if directed by the manufacturer.
2. Interconnected alarms are recommended; when one sounds, these systems will sound all connected alarms.
3. Consider adding more smoke alarms. Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside of every sleeping area, and on every level of your house.
4. Smoke alarms do not last forever. Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years. Follow the manufacture date recommendations.