Seward Fire Department Press Release
Alaska State Fire Marshal Kelly Nicolello is reminding Alaskans and the men and women of the Seward Fire Department would like to remind Seward Residents to test and check the batteries in their smoke and CO (Carbon Monoxide) alarms when they change their clock for Daylight Savings Time this Sunday, March 9th.
Operating smoke and CO alarms can give Alaskans the precious time needed to exit the home in case of a devastating fire or carbon monoxide emergency.
Many homes have smoke and CO alarms with batteries that should be replaced annually. Daylight Savings Time can serve as a reminder to check smoke and CO alarms and change the batteries. With the development of long-life lithium battery powered alarms, the batteries have a life span of up to 10 years, so you may not need to replace this type of battery as often. The National Fire Protection Association suggests that 90% of American homes are equipped with smoke alarms but over 50% of them are not in working condition.
From 2009 to 2013, nine Alaskan children under the age of 13 lost their lives in eight fire incidents. The lack of a working smoke alarm, adult negligence, or adult substance abuse definitely or probably contributed to all nine of these child fatalities (100%). Working smoke alarms could have made a difference in many of these devastating incidents.
“Take a few minutes to check, test and clean your smoke and CO alarms to make sure they are functioning properly, and what better time to do this than when you change your clock for Daylight Savings Time”, Nicollelo said. It is important to remember that manufacturer’s guidelines for smoke and CO alarm installation, testing, cleaning, and replacing batteries should be followed. However, general recommendations can be found at The Alaska Division of Fire and Life Safety web site: www.burny.alaska.gov .
Nicolello adds, “Fire safe behavior can keep a fire from starting. Working smoke alarms, planning and practicing your fire escape plan and adding residential fire suppression sprinklers can ensure your family’s safety from a fire.”
The men and women of the Seward Fire Department would like to wish everyone a safe 2014.