Changing the battery in a smoke alarm is one of the most effective fire prevention tools to keep you safe in your home and the Hanford Fire Department urges you to adopt a simple, life saving habit: change the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in your home when you change your clocks back on Nov. 5. Changing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms at least once a year is the most effective and simplest way to reduce deaths and injuries in your home due to fire.
If you haven’t changed the batteries in your smoke alarms yet, follow these simple guidelines to prevent a tragedy in your home:
- Change the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in your home.
- Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms after you have replaced the batteries to ensure that they work properly.
- Practice an escape plan with your family by identifying two ways out of each room in your home.
- Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.