The Merced City Fire Department reminded residents to change the batteries in smoke detectors when changing your clocks back for daylight savings.
Smoke detectors of an approved-type, properly installed and maintained, are critical life saving devices, the department said in a news release. While a smoke detector won't prevent or extinguish a fire, it can save lives. Smoke detectors are designed to warn of fire danger in time to allow for escape or call for help. The ear-piercing alarm of the smoke detector may provide you and your family with the precious extra minutes that you need to escape, especially at night (when most fires occur).
When installing smoke detectors, the fire chief advises the following steps:
--Install at least one smoke detector in the hall leading to the bedrooms --Consider installing additional smoke detectors, especially if your home has more than one level --Make sure smoke detectors are of a type approved by Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada or another recognized testing laboratory.--If your detectors are battery-operated, check the batteries often to make sure the units are operational.
For additional safety tips, go online to the Fire Safety/Public Education page within the Fire Department at the City of Merced website.