Change your Clock - Check your Smoke Alarm
Citizens encouraged to check smoke alarms when changing their clocks
Keizer Fire District Fire Chief Jeff Cowan urges residents to check their smoke alarms when changing their clock from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time Sunday, November 6th.
Oregon smoke alarm laws are different than most other states. Since 1999, Oregon law requires all ionization-only smoke alarms sold in the state to have a hush feature; and if an ionization-only smoke alarm is also solely battery operated, it must also come with a 10-year lithium battery.
“You should first test your smoke alarm battery before automatically replacing it,” says Fire Chief Jeff Cowan. “Long-life lithium batteries are designed to last up to 10 years. If your alarm has one of these batteries, you may not need to replace it every time you change your clock, and that’s why we encourage you to test your alarm first.”
Cowan reminds everyone to test and vacuum their alarms monthly to keep them in good working order.
Working smoke alarms provide an early warning to a fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape and increasing your chances of surviving a fire. Additional safety tips:
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside each sleeping area
Replace smoke alarms 10 years old or older
Hard-wired alarms should have battery back-ups
Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses
Make a home escape plan and practice it
For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire department