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Time to "Fall Back" - Reminder from SafeKids
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 • Posted November 7, 2012

Don’t forget to check your smoke alarm batteries!

Since it’s time to “fall back” and change the clocks, make sure to check the batteries in all of your smoke alarms—it could save your life.

Did you know that having a working smoke alarm reduces a person’s chance of dying in a fire by half? For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area and in every bedroom. Smoke alarms should be mounted high on walls or ceilings and tested monthly.

It’s important to replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, unless they’re 10-year lithium batteries. Even if your smoke alarms are hardwired, replace the batteries in case of a power outage.

If an alarm “chirps,” warning that the battery is low, replace the battery right away. Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hardwired alarms, when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond properly when tested.

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