The Mississippi State Fire Marshal warned residents to be aware of unauthorized alarm salespersons that may be operating in the state.
This Sunday, keep in mind to set your clocks forward an hour, and check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. As you adjust your clocks, it's also a great time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Remember, even if you have a new smoke alarm with a 10-year battery, or "wired in" smoke and CO alarms you should test them at least once per month.
"While the public generally knows that smoke alarms play an important role in home fire safety, some smoke alarm messages are not as well understood", says Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy for NFPA.
For the best protection, be sure to install working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in the hallway outside the sleeping area and in each of the bedrooms.
The Mesa Fire Department's Home Safety Education Program is dedicated to eliminating such avoidable threats. If you notice an intermittent Chirping sound, this means the battery is low and must be replaced. Many older alarms use 9-volt batteries.
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Generally, the volunteers install battery operated smoke detectors purchased by the homeowner, but free alarms are provided to people in need.
More than 2,300 people die each year in home fires, and carbon monoxide emergencies are on the rise.
Hudgens encourages all residents to test and clean dust from the smoke alarms monthly. Studies have shown that having working smoke alarms in a home increases the chances of survival by 50 percent, the Red Cross said. "So smoke alarms are cheap assurance and the only early warning device you'll have".
But the National Fire Protection Association warns that these ionization smoke detectors are the least effective of the two, as they're not as quick at detecting slow-burning or smoldering fires. Because of this technology, the national slogan "Change your clock, Change your battery" may not apply to OR residents who have these ionization-only smoke alarms.
Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with family members. "Smoke alarms save lives".