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FRANKFORT – When you move your clocks forward early Sunday to stay on time, change your smoke alarm batteries to stay alive, says Kentucky Fire Marshal William Swope.
“Using the beginning of daylight savings time as a reminder to change the batteries in your home’s smoke detectors can be a lifesaving habit,” said Swope. “Surveys show that as many as 50 percent of the smoke detectors in American homes have dead batteries. Smoke detectors that don’t work can’t save lives.”
Without a working smoke detector to issue an early warning, fire can quickly spread throughout a household, blocking escape routes and filling rooms with deadly smoke.
The requirement for all new installations is an interconnected AC powered with battery backup smoke detector outside of each sleeping area and within the sleeping area and on every floor of your home.
For existing locations, a smoke detector should be located outside of the sleeping area. For increased protection, it is recommended that a smoke detector be installed in each bedroom and on each level of your home.
All smoke detectors should be inspected and tested on a monthly basis. Properly installed and working smoke detectors will provide an early warning and nearly double the chance of surviving a fire.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) advises consumers to: