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Daylight savings time is here again and every year at this time the Bismarck Fire Department reminds residents to change and test the batteries in their smoke alarms. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, three out of five home fire deaths result in homes with no smoke alarms, or no working smoke alarms. Where smoke alarms failed to alert during a home fire, the cause was mainly due to missing, disconnected, or dead batteries. The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms. Keep your family safe with these tips.
If you have smoke alarms (and carbon monoxide alarms) with standard 9-volt batteries:
• Install a new battery once a year, when you change the time on your clocks
• Test all smoke (and carbon monoxide alarms) batteries monthly
If you have smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries:
• They are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years
• Test batteries monthly
Smoke alarms (and carbon monoxide alarms) have a designated service life:
• Replace smoke alarms at 10 years. Check for date of manufacture
• Carbon monoxide alarms last 5 to 7 years, service life varies by make and model
This is a simple but important action that people should take to keep themselves and those around them safe. For more information contact the Bismarck Fire Department at (701) 355-1400, visit our website at www.bismarcknd.gov/fire.