Change your clocks, change your smoke alarm batteries

By Public Information Officer Kevin Doel, Office of the State Fire Marshal, October 27, 2015

Pictured is a clockface with autumn leaves in the background.

Daylight Savings Time begins November 1, and as communities prepare to “fall back” one hour, the Office of the Kansas State Fire Marshal urges residents to practice fire safety by testing their smoke alarms and changing the batteries. Alkaline batteries should be replaced at least once a year, and a good rule of thumb is to change the batteries when you change your clocks.

Kansas Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen stresses the importance of replacing outdated smoke alarms with newer models featuring 10-year sealed lithium batteries.

“Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family’s safety from a home fire,” explains Doug Jorgensen, State Fire Marshal. "Purchasing and installing smoke detectors with batteries that don’t need to be changed annually is one of the most affordable ways to protect your family.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

To protect your home, follow these smoke alarm safety tips:

In addition to changing smoke alarm batteries, it is also a good idea to practice a family escape plan:

https://firemarshal.ks.gov/news-releases/2015/10/27/change-your-clocks-change-your-smoke-alarm-batteries

Editors Note: The City of Topeka Fire Department currently has a Smoke Alarm Program provideing life saving benefits to the citizens of our community. These benefits include: Free smoke alarms for homes that do not have any and for those who are hearing impaired and a survey of any current smoke alarms in any home; including replacing batteries; replacing outdated alarms and education on testing and maintaining smoke alarms in the home. Free smoke alarms . Alarms will be installed by members of the Topeka Fire Department.

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