Californians To 'Fall Back' An Hour As Daylight Saving Time Ends

In the Brighton area, O'Brian says they've installed in excess of around 6,000 "sealed" smoke alarms, which are good for ten years and the batteries don't need to be changed.

AFD says about two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or working smoke alarms.

Also remember, if you rent, it is your landlord's responsibility to provide working alarms, but it is your responsibility to ensure those alarms have working batteries.

Smoke alarms are important to have year round, but especially in the winter months when alternative heating sources, such as space heaters and fire places, are used.

"In order to give your family the best chance at surviving a fire, you need to be provided with early warning and know how to escape when the smoke alarms sound", said fire prevention officer Jessica Goodings. "Age matters as well when it comes to your smoke alarms, and the alarms should be replaced every 10 years, so check the manufacture date on yours today".

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The Danville Fire Department's "Get Alarmed Danville" program is responsible for saving 89 lives in 32 homes since 1999.

"The habit of changing batteries during Daylight-Saving Time is an easy task that can be the difference between life and death", Chief Jeffrey D. Johnson, president of the IAFC, said in the release. "Smoke detectors have proven to reduce fire fatalities nationally by 50 percent". When turning the clocks ahead, take a few minutes to replace the smoke alarm batteries if needed and push the test button to make sure the alarms are working.

For more information on smoke alarms in MA contact your local fire prevention office or go to: www.mass.gov/dfs and type Smoke Alarms in the search box.

Senior citizens or disabled individuals who are unable to replace their own batteries and would like to have their detectors checked and batteries replaced should contact the Fremont Fire Department at 402-727-2688.

  • Myrtle Hill