Spring forward, check smoke detectors

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The Greenville Fire Department (GFR) wants to remind everyone to change their smoke alarm batteries when they change their clocks on Sunday.

Newer smoke detectors may have a special battery that has a 10 year service life that is not replaceable. More than half of fatal home fires occur from 11 p.m.to 7 a.m. and the risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half by having a working smoke detector installed, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. "Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths".

Batteries in smoke alarms should be replaced once a year, while the devices themselves should be replaced every ten years. Seniors can also contact local fire departments for assistance.

OR law requires ionization-only smoke alarms that are exclusively battery powered to come equipped with a hush feature and a 10-year battery.

The program has distributed more than 165,000 smoke alarms across Georgia.

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Are there smoke alarms installed in all your home's bedrooms?

- Smoke alarms with nonreplaceable (long-life) batteries are created to remain effective for up to 10 years. This way people in unaffected areas can be alerted before risky fire, smoke or carbon monoxide can spread to where they are. "The test button only confirms that the battery, electronics, and alert system are working; it doesn't mean that the smoke sensor is working".

"Smoke coming from the ground floor will take longer to reach a smoke alarm on another floor, and vice versa". Interconnected alarms are available at most stores that sell smoke alarms. Whichever type of smoke alarms you choose, make sure they carry the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Install alarms on every level of the home.

That includes hard-wired smoke alarms as well as ones that are exclusively battery-powered, according to an Angie's List article that cites the National Fire Protection Association. When you replace old alarms, it's recommended that you use a photoelectric type detector that provides early warning in a smoldering type of fire.

"We wanted to get people informed to check smoke alarms in their houses".

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