time will begin at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11, and Indiana residents are being
encouraged to include changing their smoke alarm batteries when changing
their clocks forward an hour.
to be impacted by fire deaths, I want to remind Hoosiers that checking your
smoke alarms once a month and changing your batteries twice a year can be
the extra protection to help keep your families safe,” State Fire Marshal
Jim Greeson said.
Reasons to check
smoke alarm batteries, according to the National Fire Protection
* Three out of five
home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke
* The chance of
surviving a household fire is doubled in homes with working smoke alarms.
* Dead batteries
cause one-quarter of the smoke alarm failures.
Remember also to
check the smoke alarm device date in addition to checking the batteries.
Here are four simple steps to follow:
* Remove the smoke
alarm from the wall or ceiling.
* Look at the back
of the alarm for the date of the manufacture.
* If the
manufacture date is more than 10 years old, it is recommended that the smoke
alarm be replaced. Over time, sensors lose the ability to detect smoke.
* If the alarm is
less than 10 years old, change the batteries and return the alarm to its
* If the household
has smoke alarms with lithium batteries, which typically last for 10 years,
set a reminder to check the smoke alarm once a month.
And check the smoke
* Smoke alarms
should be placed inside and outside each bedroom or sleeping area; half of
home fire deaths occur during sleeping hours and the early morning. Gases
emitted during a fire can cause residents to sleep more deeply.
* For those who are
deaf or hard of hearing, consider purchasing a smoke alarm with a strobe
light or vibrating unit.
* For the best
protection, make sure all smoke alarms are interconnected. When one sounds,
they all sound.
* Check the
manufacturer’s instructions for information about whether the smoke alarm
should be placed high on the wall or on the ceiling.
* Persons who can’t
afford smoke alarms should call local fire departments, as many fire
departments have a smoke alarm assistance program.
All clocks should
be set forward one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11. For more information
about smoke alarms and home fire safety visit GetPrepared.in.gov