Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 a.m. and it’s a reminder from us here at K-Frog and from San Bernardino Co. Fire to not only “spring forward” one hour, but to also change change your batteries in your smoke detectors!
Luckily our phones, computers, and tablets typically change the time themselves, but in the end it’s all up to us to do our parts and keep you and your family safe by checking and changing your smoke alarm batteries.
Smoke alarms that are working properly saves lives and often help to avoid a tragedy. In a release San Bernardino County Fire said that three out of five home deaths are the result from fires where there were no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
According to NFPA, U.S. home structure fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials make up for 23% of all fatalities, that’s the leading cause of fire-related deaths.
As a rule of thump an alarm should be properly installed on each and every floor of your home, outside all sleeping areas and in bedrooms.
Tips from San Bernardino Country Fire on installing smoke alarms:
– Best place to mount your smoke alarm is on the ceiling.
– Keep smoke alarms at least 4-6 inches away from the nearest wall.
– Always test your newly installed smoke alarm.
– If you cannot mount the alarm on the ceiling, install it high on the wall 4-12 inches from the ceiling.
Get more information at www.sbcfire.org.