By Michael Campbell
If you are still irked about losing that hour of sleep last March when most of the country went on Daylight savings time, here’s some good news — you get it back this Sunday. Daylight savings time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. You’ll need to set your clocks back (remember —“fall back”) one hour before going to bed on Saturday.
You also need to change the battery in all your Smoke Alarms and CO Detectors.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, roughly three out of five fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Therefore, smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning, so you can get outside quickly.
— Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, even the basement.
— Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
— It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
— Test all smoke alarms at least once a month.
— Current alarms on the market employ different types of technology including multi-sensing, which could include smoke and carbon monoxide combined.
— Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
— A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove.
— People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
— Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
Residents are encouraged to call the Fort Leonard Wood Fire Prevention Section at 573.596.0886 with any questions concerning fire safety, home safety, child safety seat inspections or our Juvenile Fire Setter program.