03 Nov County Fire Chief Urges Residents To Change Smoke Alarm Batteries When You Change Your Clock
Okeechobee County Fire Rescue Fire Chief Ralph Franklin reminds residents to “make a change that could save your life.” When you change your clock back one hour on Sunday, November 6, make sure you also change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detector.
According to the United States Fire Administration, three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. Additionally, the risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.
In addition to changing batteries, Chief Franklin also recommends that residents replace smoke alarms every 10 years, test smoke alarms monthly, make sure alarms can be heard throughout the home, and install additional alarms if needed per the manufacturer’s instructions.
For more information contact Okeechobee County Fire Rescue at 763-5544 from 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.