Fire department advises changing smoke alarm batteries

Mar. 11, 2013 @ 11:19 PM


With daylight saving time having just passed, the Henderson Fire Department is encouraging locals to replace the batteries their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

These should be changed every six months. And daylight saving time acts as reminder that people can mark on their calendars.

The extra few seconds that these devices provide a family can be the difference between exiting or not exiting a home safely.

The fire department recommends the following tips as well:

• Dust or vacuum the devices in the process of switching out the batteries

• Test alarms once a month using the test button

• Replace any device that is more than 10 years old or fails a test

• Place a device on each level or one’s home (including the basement) both inside and outside sleeping areas

• Familiarize oneself and one’s family with what those devices sound like

Lastly, work up an escape plan (including a designated place for family to meet up once they are clear of danger which will be visible to fire department personnel).

Contact the Henderson Fire Prevention Office at (252) 430-1877 for more information.