WESTPORT, Conn. -- As we change our clocks to daylight savings, the Westport Fire Department reminds residents to make another change that could save their lives — the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or working smoke alarms. When smoke alarms should have worked but failed to operate, it is usually because batteries were missing, disconnected or dead.
The Westport Fire Department shares the following National Fire Protection Association guidelines:
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
- Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
- Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn’t respond properly when tested.
- Smoke alarms with non-replaceable (longlife) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, a warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
- For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.
"The most tragic loss of life is the one that could easily have been prevented with the installation of a new battery," said Andrew Kingsbury Westport Fire Department chief.
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