Volunteer firefighters say it's time to check smoke alarms

There was no fire alarms in the house but the cat made sure to wake up its owners

Clocks will spring ahead an hour this weekend, and local emergency responders want you to take the time to also change the batteries in smoke detectors.

The idea is the same, make sure to change the batteries in a Carbon Monoxide Detector every year and to check them each month to make sure they are in proper working order.

Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.

So when its time to replace your detector (10 years) please ensure that you purchase a new one with a 10 year battery!

Additionally, the International Association of Fire Chiefs recommends replacing smoke alarms every 10 years. Most victims of fires die from smoke or toxic gases and not from burns.

"By making sure the smoke alarms are working in your home, you could protect your family from a tragic incident", said Merriman. They must be replaced 10 years from the "born on" date.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71 percent of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries.

Smoking is the leading cause of fire-related deaths, and cooking is the primary cause of residential fires, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of March 1, more than 1.1 million free smoke alarms have been installed across the country, resulting in 384 lives saved, including 11 in Louisiana.

Ontario law requires all homes to have working CO and smoke alarms.

No matter what type of smoke alarms are used in a home, they should be tested monthly - including hard-wired units connected to the home's electrical system. Never remove the battery because the alarm sounded due to burned food or cooking smoke.

Make a plan: All household members should know what steps to take in case of an emergency. If that alarm chirps, replace only the battery.

Courtesy of the State Fire Marshal's website.

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