Change your Clock, Change your Battery March 12

Two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoking alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. Folsom firefighters remind you to change the batteries in your smoke alarms when you move your clocks forward on Sunday, March 12.

There should be one smoke alarm in every bedroom, along with an alarm outside each sleeping area, on each story of the home. Newly installed smoke detectors must be California Fire Marshal approved (look for a label on the box.) A carbon monoxide alarm should be installed on each floor of the residence, outside of each separate sleeping area. As well as changing the batteries twice a year it is also important to check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly by pressing the test button.

Replace the entire alarm if it’s more than 10 years old or doesn’t work properly when tested. For more information on home fire safety, visit www.folsom.ca.us/depts/fire. To request assistance with checking smoke alarms and batteries, contact the City of Folsom Fire Department at 916-984-2280.

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